Webinar SIG Participatory Research in Health Promotion: The Value and Challenges of Participatory Research for Improving Health and Well-being.

  • Date: April 25, 2022, 20:00 UTC/GMT
  • Speaker: Prof. dr. Janine Jurkowski, University at Albany School of Public Health
  • Moderators: Dr. Teatske Altenburg (Amsterdam UMC) and dr. Maïté Verloigne (Ghent University)



Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) is a research approach that is employed to achieve health equity. Most researchers do not reflect the populations that we study and intervene with to improve health and well-being. Therefore, actively engaging community representatives as co-researchers throughout the research process ensures the research is innovative, culturally appropriate, and more effective than traditional research. Further, the application of Empowerment Theories may facilitate this process. CBPR can be mutually beneficial to the researcher and the participant. At the same time researchers experience challenges within academe that may hinder their application of this approach. This presentation will discuss the application of Empowerment Theories to guide CBPR as well as the benefits and challenges to help researchers navigate this research approach.