Increasing research literacy in minority communities: CARES fellows training program

Melody S. Goodman, Janice Johnson Dias, Jewel D. Stafford

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THE COMMUNITY ALLIANCE FOR Research Empowering Social Change (CARES) is an academic-community research partnership designed to: (1) train community members about evidencebased public health, (2) increase community members' scientific literacy, and (3) develop the infrastructure for community-based participatory research so that local stakeholders can examine and address racial/ethnic health disparities in their communities. Nineteen community members enrolled in the CARES training. The training consisted of 11 didactic training sessions and 4 experiential workshops, taught by a multidisciplinary faculty from research institutions. Results suggest that the training increased research literacy, prepared community members for collaborative work with academic researchers, and empowered them to utilize scientific research methods to create social change in their communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-41
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2010


  • Academic-community partnership
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Evidence-based public health
  • Public health training
  • Research literacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Communication


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