The following definition of community-based participatory research (CBPR) was developed by the PRC network in 2007. The PRCs strive to put this definition into action within their core research projects.
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CBPR is a joint effort that involves researchers and community representatives in all phases of the research process. The joint effort engages community members, employs local knowledge in the understanding of health problems and the design of interventions, and invests community members in the processes and products of research. In addition, the collaborative is invested in the dissemination and use of research findings to improve community health and reduce health disparities.