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A 22-year-old community advisory board: Health research as an opportunity for social change

Silvestre, AJ and Quinn, SJ and Rinaldo, CR (2010) A 22-year-old community advisory board: Health research as an opportunity for social change. Journal of Community Practice, 18 (1). 58 - 75. ISSN 1070-5422

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Conducting health research often requires a partnership between marginalized communities and researchers. Community organizers can broker this partnership in a way that not only produces important scientific discoveries but also brings needed resources to the communities. This article is a description of a community advisory board established in 1984 to advise researchers on a longitudinal study of the natural history of AIDS among gay men. The Board successfully guided the recruitment of more than 3,000 gay and bisexual male volunteers and, at the same time worked as a powerful change agent. An analysis of minutes from all board meetings between 1984 and 2006 indicates that significant social change as well as important research findings resulted from board actions. Community organizers who work to create a mutually beneficial partnership between communities and researchers may find new opportunities to support community growth and social justice. © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Silvestre, AJtonys@pitt.eduTONYS
Quinn, SJ
Rinaldo, CR
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Center for LGBT Health Research
Date: 1 January 2010
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Community Practice
Volume: 18
Number: 1
Page Range: 58 - 75
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1080/10705421003766685
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public Health > Infectious Diseases and Microbiology
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1070-5422
PubMed Central ID: PMC2879669
PubMed ID: 20523763
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2013 19:25
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2019 15:55


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