CBPR Projects and Centers

Selected CBPR Projects

Zambia Chlorhexidine Application Trial (ZamCAT)

Project Description
In partnership with the Zambia Ministry of Health, the Center for Global Health & Development is studying whether applying chlorhexidine, an antiseptic wash, to the umbilical stump of newborns will reduce infection and neonatal mortality. The study seeks to determine whether community-based health workers and mothers themselves can implement this effective and sustainable home-based program in a rural African setting, where neonatal mortality rates are high.
Project Website
http://www.bu.edu/cghd/our-work/projects/zambia-chlorhexidrine-application-trial-zamcat/
Principal Investigators
Davidson Hamer, Katherine Semrau
Co-Investigators
Julie Herlihy, William MacLeod, Deborah Maine, Arthur Mazimba, Jonathon Simon, Donald Thea, Kojo Yeboah-Antwi
Community Partner
Ministry of Health, Zambia
Zambia Center for Applied Health Research and Development (ZCAHRD)
Dates
2009–2013

Health Advocates as a Vehicle to Improve Treatment for Smokers in Public Housing

Project Description
Quitting smoking is the most important step that smokers can take to benefit their health, but low-income smokers are less successful in quitting than higher-income smokers. This group randomized trial among public housing residents in Boston will test whether the use of resident Community Health Advocates with special training in smoking cessation can improve utilization of quitlines and clinic-based programs and increase smoking cessation rates among smokers in public housing.
Project Website
http://cancercontrol.cancer.gov/grants/abstract.asp?ApplID=7930515
Principal Investigator
Daniel Brooks

Effects-Based Cumulative Risk Assessment in a Low-Income Urban Community near a Superfund Site

Project Description
New Bedford, Massachusetts is a low-income community located near a Superfund site and other physical and social environmental stressors. Collaborating with Northstar Leaning Centers, a community organization in New Bedford, the goal of this study is to conduct effects-based cumulative risk assessments for specific neurobehavioral and cardiovascular outcomes in the city. The models and risk characterizations developed are shared with the community to ensure that they are interpretable and reflective of community experiences.
Project Website
http://www.epa.gov/ncer/progress/r834577.html
Principal Investigator
Jonathan Levy
Co-Investigators
Patricia Fabian, Junenette Peters
Community Partner
Northstar Learning Centers, New Bedford, MA
http://www.northstarlc.org/
Dates

Modeling the Impact of Building-Wide Energy Retrofits on Environmental Exposures and Occupant Health

Project Description
This study will provide a tool to prospectively evaluate health benefits or disbenefits for tenants of multifamily housing that result from building interventions targeted towards energy savings, allergen reduction, or combustion by-product reduction. Working with a community organization at a multifamily development undergoing an energy retrofit, this project will build, calibrate, and validate a simulation model as a step toward the development of a broadly applicable policy model.
Principal Investigator
Jonathan Levy
Co-Investigators
Patricia Fabian
Community Partner
Castle Square Tenants Organization, Boston, MA
http://cstoboston.wordpress.com/

New Methods for Analyzing Risk in Urban Populations (ChelseaSTAR)

Project Description
Researchers at SPH are partnering with the Chelsea Collaborative, a nonprofit organization in Chelsea, Massachusetts, to understand social and environmental concerns of people who live in the city. The goal of this CBPR initiative is to develop new methods for learning about the combined effect of social stress and environmental exposures on human health.
Project Website
http://www.chelseastar.org/
Principal Investigator
Madeleine Scammell
Co-Investigators
David Ozonoff
Community Partner
Chelsea Collaborative
http://chelseacollab.org/

Susan G. Komen for the Cure—Massachusetts Affiliate—Community Profile (Breast Health Needs Assessment)

Project Description
The Community Profile is conducted every two years in Massachusetts in collaboration with community partners. It provides an overview of current breast cancer prevalence in the state; identifies barriers to breast cancer screening, treatment, and follow-up care; and assesses the strengths and weaknesses of breast health programs and services. Based on findings from the Community Profile, Komen MA sets key priorities and develops an action plan to address unmet breast health needs in the state.
Principal Investigator
Phyllis Wallace
Community Partner
Susan G. Komen for the Cure—MA Affiliate
http://www.komenmass.org/Club/Scripts/Home/home.asp
Dates
2011–2013

Hispanic Public Housing Resident’s Diabetes Prevention Program

Principal Investigator
Phyllis Wallace
Community Partner

Boston Housing Authority

http://www.bostonhousing.org/