CPR Information

Center for Participatory Research

MSC09 5060
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Physical Location:
Medical Arts Building II
Rooms 201-205

Phone: (505) 925-0715
Fax: (505) 272-4494

PH 556: 2017 UNM Summer Institute in Community Based Participatory Research for Health (CBPR)

May 30, 2017

Community Based Participatory Research Institute:  Indigenous and Critical Methodologies

 Public Health Program, School of Medicine, University of New Mexico

 (2 or 3 graduate credits: Registration will open in March, 2017)

Contact Gayle at GarciaG@salud.unm.edu to put your name on the wait list.


Nina Wallerstein, DrPH  NWallerstein@salud.unm.edu

Tassy Parker, PhD, RN, TaParker@salud.unm.edu

Lorenda Belone, PhD, MPH, LJoe@salud.unm.edu

Victoria Sánchez, DrPH visanchez@salud.unm.edu

Co-Sponsors: Center for Participatory Research, Institute for Indigenous Knowledge and Development; HSC Offices of Diversity and Community Health; Robert Wood Johnson Center for Health Policy at UNM; Community Engagement, CTSC; NM CARES Health Disparities Center, University New Mexico.

2017 Summer Dates (8th annual institute):

On-site:  Tuesday, May 30th, 1-6 pm; Wednesday, May 31st – Saturday, June 3rd:  8:30 - 5 pm

Off-site:  TBD (within a few weeks): 3-hour Webinar for CBPR project presentations

Public Speaker: Thurs: 3:30-5: TBA

 (Image Credit: “God Gives the World to Arapahoe Children” by America Meredith [http://www.ahalenia.com/america/]. Image reproduced by permission of the artist.)

Invitation to Participate:

For graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, faculty, community partners, academic-community teams, and others. This will be an intensive co-learning institute to explore how CBPR intersects with indigenous and critical methodologies, including the challenges for academics and community members to co-construct knowledge for improved community health.  Students enrolled for 2 credits are expected to participate in readings, discussions, and journal-writing; for 3 credits, requirements include a CBPR paper based on one’s own research project. Enrollment is limited to 45 participants. For credit, UNM tuition (or tuition waivers) plus $40.00 fees.  If not enrolled for credit: $700 for faculty or researchers; and $250 for community members or non-credit students.

Introduction to Institute:

CBPR, and related-Participatory Action & Community-Engaged Research, is defined as a "collaborative approach that equitably involves all partners in research…with the aim of combining knowledge and action for social change to improve health and eliminate health disparities” (Kellogg Foundation).  Not simply a set of research methods, CBPR or community-engaged research (CEnR) fundamentally changes the relationship between researchers and researched.

For this Institute, we use a broad definition of Indigenous, as the knowledge that is an “exercise in self-determination” (Doxtator, 2004), referring to values, beliefs, traditions, and environmental relationships that are deeply embedded within the economic, political and cultural-social contexts in which they have been developed (Ball & Simpkins, 2004; Briggs, 2005). Indigenous methodologies are “those approaches to research that privilege indigenous knowledges, voices, and experiences” (Smith 2005). Critical methodologies, grounded in Paulo Freire’s philosophy and cultural studies, are approaches to inquiry that are socially-constructed, emancipatory and empowering, and seek social justice for communities.  

Structure of Institute:

The goal of this Institute is to weave together theory and practice of CBPR and CEnR with indigenous and critical methodologies through articles, presentations by community-academic partners, discussion, and self-reflection on our own research questions.  Participants will gain an appreciation of CBPR advantages and challenges, as well as skills necessary for participating effectively in CBPR community-academic partnered research projects.

See the flyer and website for more information.


1)       Minkler, M., and Wallerstein, N. (editors), Community Based Participatory Research for Health: From Process to Outcomes, 2nd edition, .S.F. Jossey-Bass, 2008;   and  2)    Reading Packet on LEARN at UNM.