To Establish Successful Partnerships, Value Cultural Differences

January 13, 2021

What cultural differences should we be mindful of when engaging with a community partner? What strategies are best for understanding cultural attitudes, beliefs and behaviors important to stakeholders? What are some of the barriers to overcome when connecting with partners?

The Center for Community Health Partnership and Research at the Institute for Public Health will address these questions at its first event of 2021: Know Your Level of Community Engagement: Cultural Considerations, January 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. online.

Research Assistant Professor at the Brown School and featured speaker, Diana Parra Perez, PhD, MPH, PT says it is important to consider cultural differences when working with community stakeholders. “Cultural differences and diversity are often overlooked in the initial stages of research, and sometimes only considered during adaptation or dissemination of programs and interventions. Cultural differences and diversity should be understood, placing significance, importance, and value on the ‘citizen scientists’ who inform the research process through a mutual understanding.”

The Know Your Level of Community Engagement series introduces research teams and community partners to the foundations of community-engaged research and practice. Each session addresses specific topics and strategies, including understanding the levels/types of community engagement, strategies and processes that promote community engagement, the need to match community engagement to research objectives, the development of partnerships, and working with the Institutional Review Board.

In addition to Parra Perez, the January 20th event will host the Research Manager for the Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies, Lindsey Manshack, MPH; and, Associate Director of African and African American Studies and Associate Professor of Sociocultural Anthropology, Shanti Parikh, PhD.

Parra Perez adds, “I will specifically talk about the process of engaging with three different community organizations in St. Louis to carry on a research project and answer a research question from the stakeholders. My hope is that there would be a greater understanding of the different stages of community informed and community led research.”

Upon completion of this session, participants will also be able to:

  • Identify steps and strategies needed to understand cultural attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors important to stakeholders
  • Describe strategies and ways to create a welcoming environment for members of partnerships
  • Provide examples of cultural humility and cultural competency needed to establish a lasting partnership
  • Identify potential cultural barriers for connecting with partners

This event will take place virtually via Zoom. Register to receive a unique link to attend.

The Center for Community Health Partnership & Research at the Institute for Public Health aims to reduce disparities and improve health and wellness in the region by supporting collaborations between community and university partners.