Engaging the Deaf American Sign Language Community: Lessons From a Community-Based Participatory Research Center
Source:Prog Community Health Partnersh. 6(3):321-329.
Keywords:Academic Medical Centers
Community-based Participatory Research
Deaf American Sign Language Users
Health Care Facilities Manpower And Services
Health Services Research
Health Status Disparities
Persons With Hearing Impairments
Pubmed Central ID:PMC3576694
Funding:K01 HL103140/HL/NHLBI NIH HHS/United States
K01 HL103140-01/HL/NHLBI NIH HHS/United States
T32 HL007937/HL/NHLBI NIH HHS/United States
U48 DP000031/DP/NCCDPHP CDC HHS/United States
U48 DP001910/DP/NCCDPHP CDC HHS/United States
Numerous publications demonstrate the importance of community-based participatory research (CBPR) in community health research, but few target the Deaf community. The Deaf community is understudied and underrepresented in health research despite suspected health disparities and communication barriers.
The goal of this paper is to share the lessons learned from the implementation of CBPR in an understudied community of Deaf American Sign Language (ASL) users in the greater Rochester, New York, area.
We review the process of CBPR in a Deaf ASL community and identify the lessons learned.
Key CBPR lessons include the importance of engaging and educating the community about research, ensuring that research benefits the community, using peer-based recruitment strategies, and sustaining community partnerships. These lessons informed subsequent research activities.
This report focuses on the use of CBPR principles in a Deaf ASL population; lessons learned can be applied to research with other challenging-to-reach populations.
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