Graduate Annual


Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) is increasingly used as an approach to build community health and welfare with the use of research partnerships linking communities and academic researchers. CBPR promotes collaborative processes, resulting in programs that facilitate full and equal participation by all research representatives; these include academic partners, community members, and community organizational agents. Woman of Faith and Hope (WOFAH) is used as an example of a non-profit organization that seeks to mitigate the burden of breast cancer in the community it serves in Northwest Philadelphia. WOFAH is an essential component for providing needed educational information and referrals for breast health screening and treatment in this primarily African American community. La Salle University is the academic partner working to help evaluate the use of evidence-based programming and its ability to meet the needs of community members. The need for continued funding to support WOFAH program initiatives is vital; grant providers require information that demonstrates the use of evidence-based programming.