Community Based Participatory Research in Family Medicine

The purpose of this project is to develop a Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) infrastructure in the Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM) at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) that will be a national resource for CPBR research and education, contribute to the growth of CBPR, improve health, reduce disparities, and achieve the objectives outlined in Healthy People 2010.


Center for Healthy Communities & Research, Department of Family and Community Medicine,
Medical College of Wisconsin

Division of Predoctoral Education, Department of Family and Community Medicine,
Medical College of Wisconsin

Columbia St. Mary's Family Medicine Residency Program

St. Joseph’s Family Medicine Residency Program

Waukesha Family Medicine Residency Program

Goals of the Program

  • Develop a collaborative Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) academic administrative unit infrastructure, faculty, and training capability.
  • Increase the effectiveness of community partnerships in developing and participating in CBPR that makes a difference.
  • Increase our capacity to train future clinical and academic community-based researchers and community-engaged physicians.
  • Sustain, evaluate, and disseminate community-based participatory research scholarship and training locally and nationally.

Program Components

CBPR Seminar Series - A monthly series of 2-hour seminars designed to train fellows, faculty and staff in CBPR.

Module 1: Introduction (10/28/09)

Module 2: Educational Principles (10/26/09)

Module 3: Partnership Development and Its Challenges (10/26/09)

Module 4: The 5 P's - Prepare, Predict, Preempt, Prevent, Participate (11/23/09)

i-Monthly Newsletter (CER Connections)

CER Connections is a bi-monthly newsletter highlighting community engaged research opportunities and activities in the Department of Family & Community Medicine and throughout MCW and Milwaukee.

September 2010 - Volume 1, Number 1 (PDF)
November 2010 - Volume 1, Number 2 (PDF)
January 2011 - Volume 2, Number 1 (PDF)
March 2011 - Volume 2, Number 2 (PDF)
May 2011 - Volume 2, Number 3 (PDF)
September 2011 - Volume 2, Number 4 (PDF)

Community-Academic Partnerships

Our leadership team and learners are involved with a wide range of community-academic partnerships.

GYM: Guiding Youth Movement for Sustained, Healthy Futures

Recommended Readings

Reading List (DOC)

Project period

July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2011

Funding Source

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

Program Contact

Marie Wolff

Melissa DeNomie

Leslie Patterson