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The Community-Based Participatory Research Scholars and Awards Program (CBPR Program) is a key capacity-building opportunity to stimulate community-engaged research between Columbia University faculty and community/faith-based organizations. The CBPR Program offers structured training and practical experience in community-based participatory research (CBPR).

Key Program components:

  • Participants begin their training with the Introduction to Community-Based Participatory Research course, which provides an overview of the fundamental concepts and components of CBPR methodology and acquaints participants with strategies for developing academic-community partnerships.
  • Working in academic-community partnered pairs, participants co-develop a pilot research proposal that they submit to the Irving Institute for funding consideration.

The CBPR Program is offered at no cost to all admitted participants.

2018 CBPR Program Information and Application

Important 2018 dates

Application Due: February 23
Notice of Acceptance: March 2
Training (Ten sessions): March 21-June 20
Pilot Proposal Application Due: November 1

Course Dates, Time, and Location
The course meets from 4p to 6:30p at Columbia Community Partnership for Health located at
390 Fort Washington Avenue, NYC, 10033 for ten sessions on the following dates:

March 21 and 28
April 11 and 25
May 2, 9, 23 and 31
June 6, 13, and 20

In addition to the in-person seminars, participants will undertake independent reading and writing exercises outside of class.

For more information on the Community Based Participatory Research Scholars and Awards Program contact Alejandra N. Aguirre, Senior Program Manager via email at ana2104@cumc.columbia.edu or by phone at (646) 697-2272.

Past Participating Community Organizations and Columbia University Departments

Community Organizations

CUMC Schools & Departments/Divisions

ARC XVI Fort Washington, Inc. Ft. George Community Enrichment Center, Inc. Section of Social and Behavioral Medicine, Dentistry Department of Radiology, P&S
Citymeals on Wheels Alianza Dominicana,
Catholic Charities Community Services
Section of Adult Dentistry Department of Sociomedical Sciences, MSPH
Community League of the Heights YM & YWHA of Washington Heights Section of Population and Oral Health,
Department of Environmental Health Sciences,
Conservancy North WE ACT for Environmental Justice Division of Hematology/Oncology, P&S School of Nursing
Institute for Applied Research and Community Collaboration Mexican Coalition for the Empowerment  of Youth and Families Department of Biomedical Informatics, P&S School of Social Work
Girls Educational and Mentoring Services Police Athletic League Department of Family Medicine, P&S
LiteracyINC Office of School and Community Partnerships, Teachers College Department of Surgery, P&S
Manhattan Legal Services Foundation for Healthy Hispanic Families, Inc. Department of Ophthalmology, P&S
Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia Campus Program in Physical Therapy, P&S
WE ACT for Environmental Justice Department of Psychiatry, P&S


Pilot Award Winners

2015 Award Recipients



CUMC School or Community Based Organization

Research Proposal

Jairo Guzman President Mexican Coalition for the Empowerment of Youth and Families, Inc. An evaluation of the dietary impact of Comprando Rico y Sano (CRyS) in Mexican immigrants in New York City
Manuela Orjuela-Grimm, MD, ScM Assistant Professor Epidemiology & Pediatrics (Oncology) at CUMC Mailman School of Public Health
Clare C Bassile, PT, EdD Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation & Regenerative Medicine (Physical Therapy)
College of Physicians and Surgeons Identifying the barriers to mental health intervention in the homebound older
Deborah Katznelson, LMSW Chief Social Service Officer YM&YWHA of Washington Heights
and Inwood
Marilyn Pacheco Assistant Director of Marketing / Program Director,  Institute for Older Adults Isabella Geriatric Center StoryWorks in the Heights
Mary Sormanti, PhD, MS Professor of Professional Practice School of Social Work
2014 Award Recipients
Name Title CUMC School or                           Community Based Organization Research Proposal
Katherine Crew, MD, MPH Assistant Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology College of Physicians and Surgeons Understanding social, cultural, and religious factors influencing BRCA genetic testing in the Orthodox Jewish community
Isaac Schechter, PsyD Executive Director Institute for Applied Research and Community Collaboration
Mary W. Byrne, PhD, CPNP, FAAN Stone Foundation and Elise D. Fisch
Professor of Health Care for the Underserved
School of Nursing Trauma Recovery within Commercial Sexual Exploitation And Domestic Sex Trafficking in Young Urban Females
Joan Kearney, PhD, CS, APRN Assistant Professor of Nursing School of Nursing
Jessica  L. Trudeau, MPH Program Director Girls Educational and Mentoring Services
Kavita P. Ahluwalia, DDS, MPH Associate Professor of Dental Medicine College of Dental Medicine Using a CBPR approach to address oral health and nutrition in HDM recipients in NYC
Rachel Sherrow, LCSW Associate Executive Director & Chief of Programs and Community Affairs Citymeals On-Wheels

Funding for the Irving Institute, which supports CECR and CCPH, depends upon continued demonstration that outstanding research is being conducted and published using CECR services and facilities. We ask that you cite the grant on any publications related to your protocols that used CECR services and/or facilities. 

Required Language
“This publication was supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health, through Grant Number UL1TR001873, formerly the National Center for Research Resources, Grant Number UL1 RR024156. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH.”