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VOICES FROM THE GRASSROOTS: A PUBLIC HEALTH FRAMEWORK FOR CONDUCTING COMMUNITY-BASED PARTICIPATORY RESEARCH IN POST-KATRINA NEW ORLEANS

Wing, Yvette M. (2007) VOICES FROM THE GRASSROOTS: A PUBLIC HEALTH FRAMEWORK FOR CONDUCTING COMMUNITY-BASED PARTICIPATORY RESEARCH IN POST-KATRINA NEW ORLEANS. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This paper explores the perspectives of grassroots organizers currently engaged in community work in Post-Katrina New Orleans to suggest a framework for Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR). Engaging grassroots organizers in CBPR projects can prove an invaluable resource as they have longstanding relationships with community members and a proven commitment to the communities they serve. To gain entrée necessary for carrying out CBPR in partnership with grassroots organizers in this context, researchers must foster genuine relationships that serve to empower community members and are not predicated on university obtained degrees or paternalistic ideas of community engagement. Specific to Post-Katrina New Orleans, grassroots organizers have a great deal of insight to share on the state of the city's recovery, why this work is important to the city's devastated communities, and how researchers interested in engaging their communities can be most effective. The framework presented is based on the principles of CBPR and enhanced with special considerations raised during interviews with grassroots community organizers in Post-Katrina New Orleans. This thesis is significant to public health because it serves not only to strengthen Community-Based Participatory Research in the city of New Orleans, but it could set a precedent for the field of Public Health related to their role in post-disaster recovery in any community for years to come.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Wing, Yvette M.ymw1@pitt.edu, menechinaka@yahoo.comYMW1
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairBurke, Jessica Gjgburke@pitt.eduJGBURKE
Committee MemberWhite, Harvey Lhlw@pitt.eduHLW
Committee MemberButler, Jamesjbutler9@pitt.eduJBUTLER9
Date: 28 June 2007
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 4 April 2007
Approval Date: 28 June 2007
Submission Date: 11 April 2007
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Hurricane Katrina; New Orleans; Community-Based Participatory Research; Grassroots
Other ID: http://etd.library.pitt.edu/ETD/available/etd-04112007-210730/, etd-04112007-210730
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:35
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:39
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/7004

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