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September 15, 2015

CBPR Institute Selects IWRI’s Jessica Elm for 2015 Cohort

The Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center (Detroit URC, Director Barbara Israel, DrPH) is a collaborative partnership composed of representatives from eleven organizations.  Detroit URC has selected 12 community-academic teams from across the U.S. to participate in the Community-Based Participatory Research Partnership (CBPR) Academy, funded by the National Institutes of Health. This new, year-long program is designed to enhance participants’ knowledge and skills in CBPR, with the aim of using this collaborative research approach to address racial and ethnic inequities in health in their communities.

The Wisconsin Team is a collaboration between the Oneida Nation Community Education Center & the University of Washington School of Social Work.  With the direction and encouragement of the Oneida Nation, the UW, IWRI, and the CBPR Partnership Academy, Shana Parker and Jessica Elm will lay the groundwork to establish community-based research programming and policies within the Oneida Nation. Their initial objectives are to establish a foundation of trust and community cooperation for future university-tribal partnership research initiatives.

Shana Parker is a member of the Oneida Nation. She resides in Green Bay and serves as Teacher-Supervisor for the Oneida Nation Community Education Center on the Oneida reservation. She received a master’s degree from Saint Norbert College.

Jessica Elm, also a member of the Oneida Nation, is a Research Associate at the University of Washington’s School of Social Work, where her research focuses on American Indian health inequities. She received a master’s degree from the University of California – Berkeley and is currently working toward a doctorate degree.