Introducing Biospecimen Science to Communities: Tools from Two Cities
Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action
Background: This article describes community-engaged processes employed by two Community Network Program Center (CNPC) sites located in Tampa, Florida, and Buffalo, New York, toward the development of Spanish/English educational products about biobanking and biospecimen research.
Methods: Each CNPC carried out a community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach that underscored six essential components that moved concepts to a final educational product in a highly participatory fashion. The similar CBPR processes at the two locations focused on the same topic, resulted in different engagement approaches and tools for their respective communities: 1) DVD and brochure toolkit and 2) PowerPoint, group program with audience response system (ARS).
Results: We detail a comparison of methods and applications for using these tools among diverse community groups to advance understandings about genetic and biomedical research technologies.
Conclusion: Ultimately, these tools and associated educational efforts emphasize the critical value of co-learning among academic and community members in biobanking and biospecimen research.
Meade, Cathy D., Elisa M. Rodriguez, Mariana Arevalo, John S. Luque, Narseary Harris, Gloria San Miguel, Clement K. Gwede, Deborah O. Erwin.
"Introducing Biospecimen Science to Communities: Tools from Two Cities."
Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, 9: 51-59.