Through the Center for Health, Care and Well-Being, Project Horizon faculty and nurse-students conduct community-engaged research that promotes action and change in the Hartford community.
Translational research is a means to effectively implement scientific findings into health practice and education. Community-Based Participatory Research CBPR is a powerful research strategy that engages patients, providers and researchers to promote evidence-based action and change for population groups. Recent data published in the American Journal of Public Health point to the growing U.S. health inequities among social class and racial groups (Galea et. al. 2011).
Project Horizon uses community-based participatory research CBPR methods that include active community participation in the research process and fosters communication among community members and researchers to reduce health risks. By ensuring that projects are community-driven, by promoting active collaboration and participation at every stage of research, and by disseminating results in useful terms for populations at risk, Project Horizon uses CBPR to advance outcomes in health, care and well-being.
By its nature CBPR requires active and equitable relationships between community members, clinicians and researchers. Project Horizon collaborates with community stakeholders to enhance health knowledge and to reduce health consequences. It does this through CBPR projects that create community inspired health advocacy campaigns to address the disease prevention concerns of community residents in Hartford neighborhoods. Project Horizon has created and invested in long-term and robust relationships with area agencies some of them dating back as far as the 1980s. Also, Project Horizon engages in research as a cyclical process that aims at quality improvement over time.
Our work in Project Horizon has shown us that the CBPR model can be successfully applied to translational research. We effectively relate academic goals to the needs of population groups, by translating knowledge into practice and by attaining excellence via relevant and meaningful initiatives.
Galea, S., Tracy, M., Hoggatt, K. J., DiMaggio, C., & Karpati, A. (2011). Estimated deaths attributable to social factors in the United States. American Journal of Public Health, 101, pp. 1456-1465.