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

CBPR Institute


Summer Institute: Community Based Participatory Research Institute for health:  Indigenous and Critical Methodologies (see 2021 flyersee 2021 flyer)CBPR 2014 alumni

The annual CBPR Summer Institute, PH 556, at the University of New Mexico was launched by the Center for Participatory Research in 2010, with Public Health Program graduate credit, and co-sponsored by the RWJF Center for Health Policy, the Institute for Indigenous Knowledge and Development, the College of Education Health Education Program, and the HSC Office of Diversity.

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 definition of Indigenous, as Native 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 with communities.

For graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, faculty, researchers, community partners/researchers, academic-community teams, health professionals, scholar-activists, 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 health equity. Masters students enrolled for 2 credits are expected to participate in readings, discussions, and journal-writing; for 3 doctoral credits, requirements include a CBPR methodology or theory paper. Enrollment is limited to 45 participants. For credit, UNM tuition (or tuition waivers) plus $40.00 fees. If not enrolled for credit: $950 for faculty/ researchers; $600 for research staff or health/social service professionals; and $350 for community members or non-credit students.

(see 2020 flyer)


The goal of this Institute is to weave together theory and practice of CBPR 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 projects.


Nina Wallerstein, DrPH; Lorenda Belone, PhD, MPH; Shannon Sanchez-Youngman, PhD; Laura Parajon, MD, MPH


The annual institute is a 40 hour training, offered during the UNM summer session. The dates of the insitutite are May 26, 2020 - 12:30 pm - 6 pm; May 27-May 30, 8:00 am-5:00 pm.