Aug 26, 2020
Joyee Washington, MS, MPH, CHES
is a Public Health and Education Research Consultant who works with
individuals, groups, organizations, institutions, and communities
to plan, implement, assess, evaluation and manage health education
and community-based programs, as well as research. She is the
founder of Joyee Washington Consulting, LLC and is completing her
PhD in Educational Research at the University of Southern
Mississippi with a focus on evaluation, statistics, and assessment
specifically related to adolescent sexual health. She
believes that power lies in community and the best way to access
that power is by listening and uplifting the voices of the people
through community engagement and action.
In This Episode We
the journey to a PhD is not a straight line but involves many
twists and turns.
focus on adolescent sexual health and teen pregnancy
struggles and successes conducting Community-Based Participatory
Research with a Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program.
importance of an engaged Community Advisory Board.
biggest challenges working in Community-Based Research.
top tips for planning for, implementing and evaluating
item(s) that you want to make sure you include in your research
importance of planning for sustainability at the very beginning of
the research planning process.
difference between community involvement and community
recognizing a community’s strengths is crucial in the research
two key factors in helping communities solve problems.
regards to Community-Based Participatory Research: "It’s one thing
to read about it in a book and another thing to actually do
researchers, we cannot go into their community and assume we know
what they need. That will not work. That will create more
problems as opposed to solutions.”
- “There is a lot that goes on in the background
of CBPR. It is key to have a community advisory
- Advice for Community-Based Researchers: “Don’t
go in with any expectations. You have to be open. You
have to be flexible.”
the end of the day it isn’t about you, it is about the
have to plan for sustainability on the front end.”
talking about community-based research and projects in general,
equity is providing resources to those who need it the
have a responsibility to work with a community to uncover their
strengths and use those strengths to achieve health
- “(Research) is more than numbers, data and
experiments. We have to take time and ask what’s going on.
Communities have to learn to empower themselves.”
- Whenever working to help solve problems, make
sure to meet people where they are and build trust and
relationships by listening.
flexible during the entire research process.
a sustainability plan during the initial planning
- Remain open, because it is about the community,
not your research expectations.
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