Each summer, for the past three years, CCB has been the leading sponsor—providing both human and financial resources—for Participatory Action Research (PAR) projects in Brooklyn neighborhoods where health disparities are most evident. Based on the premise that those most affected by issues have the most insight into how best to find solutions that benefit the community as a whole, the PAR projects lift up the lived experiences and intelligence of community members.
Each of the three projects completed to date have produced community-generated recommendations for improving health and wellness and united community stakeholders, labor unions, community-based organizations, elected officials, and others on a range of issues. Findings from the PAR projects have also shed light on a need for Brooklyn’s stakeholders to work together to leverage the infrastructure and relationships built through DSRIP. Greater unity and a more comprehensive vision among stakeholders will allow us to tackle long-running, interrelated issues and to drive change in more proactive and collaborative ways.
We believe that PAR is an important part of the continuum of investments being made in New York’s health system. By building the leadership, knowledge and civic infrastructure that are crucial to their success, efforts like PAR can reshape the health care system to address not just physical health more effectively, but the economic, social, and cultural factors that so strongly influence the wellbeing of Brooklyn residents of all ages.
Focus of Recommendations: Food justice; Nutrition; Physical Activity
Report: Healthy Brooklyn: Community Centered Study | Proposed Health and Wellness Interventions in Brownsville and East New York
Sponsors and Research Team Coordinators: CCB; Dubois-Bunche Center for Public Policy at Medgar Evers College; NextShift Collaborative, LLC
Focus of Recommendations: Housing affordability through equitable development strategies; Individual income and community wealth; Local organizing capacity; Hospitals as economic and community anchors; Health care workers in community leadership roles
Report: People-Focused Research: Creating Health in Brooklyn | Participatory Action Research in Bedford Stuyvesant, Crown Heights, and East Flatbush; Click here for abridged edition
Sponsors and Research Team Coordinators: CCB; New York Community Trust; Interfaith Medical Center; Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center; Dubois-Bunche Center for Public Policy at Medgar Evers College; NextShift Collaborative, LLC
Focus of Recommendations: Increasing awareness, communication, and programming around health and mental health; Enhancing existing systems, institutions, and organizations; Building relationships among community stakeholders
Report: People-Focused Research: Participatory Action Research in Canarsie, Flatlands, and Flatbush; Click here for two-pager
Sponsors and Research Team Coordinators: CCB; Kingsborough Community College; Dubois-Bunche Center for Public Policy at Medgar Evers College; MIT CoLab