Community-Based Public Health (CBPH)
University of Michigan School of Public Health

Institute for Community-Based Research
Asthma Summit held on August 23, 2011

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Building from their presentation delivered at the Asthma Summit held on August 23, 2011, Institute for Community-Based Research Fellows John J. Green (The University of Mississippi) and Molly Phillips (The University of Michigan) released a report on action research and participatory planning. Substantively, the report addresses the School-Based Asthma Management Program housed at the Delta State University Center for Community and Economic Development. You can read the report online (Green & Phillips – Building the Capacity Asthma Report) (PDF)

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“Community lies at the heart of public health” National Policy Task Force, Community-Based Public Health statement, 1996

The University of Michigan School of Public Health is recognized as a national leader in the movement to develop public health partnerships to strengthen public health research, teaching and practice.  CBPH develops and utilizes the power of equal partnerships between community-based organizations (CBOs), academic institutions, and health agencies to address health issues of communities.  CBPH emphasizes the full engagement and participation of communities in the selection, design and implementation of public health related activities.

Housed in the Kellogg-funded "Community Crossroads" in SPH I, CBPH develops and facilitates projects and activities linking UM SPH students and faculty with CBOs, health departments, and other health related organizations throughout Michigan. 

Key characteristics of CBPH research, learning and practice:

  1. Emphasis on the local relevance of public health problems
  2. Recognition of the changing nature and complexity of public health problems which often involve the combined impact of the economic, cultural and psychosocial factors influencing health status and health behavior
  3. Translation of knowledge in ways that promote change beneficial to communities through public health education, students through community service learning and the field of public health through community engaged coursework and interventions
  4. Enhancements of capacities that already exist within communities
  5. Development of partnerships with multi-disciplinary agencies, health care practitioners and community-based organizations in order to effectively study and make meaningful progress addressing the public health needs of communities.

Student Opportunities

CBPH provides opportunities for students to become engaged with community-academic partnerships through the following activities:

Faculty Opportunities

CBPH provides opportunities for faculty to become engaged with community-academic partnerships through the following activities and services:

  • Engagement with faculty on community-based public health and community-based participatory research
  • Identification of community-based public health research funding opportunities
  • Assistance with Institutional Review Board (IRB) applications that involve community-engagement and/or a community co-principal investigator
  • Community partnership creation, development and/or maintenance
  • Grant or project development (i.e. courses, community-service learning) that includes community-based organizations, community-based public health or the involvement of students in community projects
  • Grant or project development (i.e. courses, community-service learning) that includes community-based organizations, community-based public health or the involvement of students in community projects
  • Mini-grant Applications for academic course development, workshops or conferences
  • Supplemental Funding Applications- for inclusion of CBPH partners and concepts in courses

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