Why do we need communities to make our research matter?

February 20, 2017 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Elaine Bennett

Why do we need communities to make our research matter?: Community-based participatory research for implementation of child nutrition interventions in Guatemala

Effective interventions for preventing and addressing child malnutrition are well established in global health literature. Implementing these evidence-based interventions in communities, however, presents an on-going challenge. Local capacity, resources, and acceptance are all commonly identified "barriers to adoption." In this talk, Professor Elaine Bennett, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, St. Vincent's College, argues that, in order for our research and evidence-based interventions to be implemented and to impact health, we need to see communities not as barriers, but as full partners. She will discuss an on-going collaboration with Dr. David Boyd, Duke Global Health Institute and Saint Vincent College students, and partners in Guatemala to apply community-based participatory research to enrich and expand local efforts to reduce child malnutrition.


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