Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) is defined as "a collaborative process that equitably involves all partners in the research process and recognizes the unique strengths that each offers. CBPR begins with a research topic of importance to the community with the aim of combining knowledge and action for social change to improve community health and eliminate health disparities."1-5

  • Community Advisory Boards (CABs) & the LA CaTS Center
    Comprised of community members and organizational representatives, the CAB work in collaboration with researchers to develop studies and implement interventions that directly address the health needs of underserved communities. Members of the CAB will provide guidance for health research that is consistently socially relevant and accessible.
  • Here is real world example of how the CABs can help:
    An informal needs assessment and a series of brainstorming sessions was conducted within an established CAB, during which CAB members consistently agreed upon the importance of identifying the roles and needs of caregivers. Because the topic of caregivers is very broad, the focus was narrowed to caregivers of heart failure (HF) patients. In response, Dr. Betty M. Kennedy worked with interested CAB members to develop a preliminary study proposal titled, "Caregivers' Perceived Roles in Caring for Patients with Heart Failure: Implications for Healthcare Providers." The study began in October 2015 and ended March 2016. The purpose of the study was to determine what roles patients and caregivers perceive and desire for themselves in managing HF, and to compare and contrast these roles with those perceived by healthcare providers. A total of 93 (60 patients, 22 caregivers, and 11 healthcare providers) completed the study. The study found that interventions are needed among HF patient caregivers and should focus on education in family structures, family functioning and skills training in family assessment and engagement.
  • Who is eligible to use the services of the CABs and receive their valuable input? Investigators at any of the LA CaTS Center member institutions can use this resource! WE recommend starting involvement EARLY, in the protocol development or grant application stage if not before. Even if you have an idea on a potential project, you can take advantage of the CAB's input.
  • Where does an investigator start? You should start by scheduling a consultation with a member of our Community Engagement & Outreach Core team. You can request this through the LA CaTS SPARC system (hyperlink: You can also contact us at For direct consultation in questions about the Baton Rouge CAB, contact Betty Kennedy, PhD at; for questions about the New Orleans CAB, contact Amina Massey at


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