Community members equipped with knowledge, training, resources, and opportunity acquired through structured research educational programs can strengthen the research relationship and improve the process for community-based participatory research. The purpose of this research is to explore the sustained efficacy of the Mississippi Community Research Fellows Training conducted by the 18-month post-completion of the first cohort. A mixed method approach that included fielding a brief survey and having a focus group discussion among fellows was applied to the study to determine impact, value, and utility of skills learned. Seventeen of the 25 Cohort 1 fellows completed an online survey. Six participated in a focus group. The participants recognized the relevancy of the skills acquired and had applied their training to forge new collaborations with researchers and community organizations and contributed to the acquisition of resources for their communities and disseminated culturally appropriate health information to the residents. Recommendations for the future training programs were identified. The findings could ensure the long-term utility of the lessons and skills learned.
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Hayes, Traci T.; Walker, Victoria; and Funchess, Tanya
"Determining the Efficacy of the Community Research Fellows Training: An 18-Month Evaluation,"
Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship: Vol. 13
, Article 7.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.northgeorgia.edu/jces/vol13/iss1/7