Aboriginal Child Health Research Program
The Aboriginal Child Health Research Program supports, builds upon and contributes to the dissemination of knowledge that is generated through community based participatory research projects with Aboriginal communities in Alberta.
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research Guidelines for Health Research Involving Aboriginal people has identified community based participatory research (CBPR) as the standard for building meaningful research relationships that incorporate Aboriginal peoples’ voices and knowledge systems.
CBPR is a partnership approach to research that gives voice and power to community members, provides a critical understanding of the causes and consequences of the issues under investigation, and empowers communities to define their own problems and potential solutions. All partners contribute their expertise, participate in decisions made throughout the research process and share ownership of the research data and outcomes, increasing knowledge translation and participants’ understanding of the health issues within a particular context. These factors lead to more relevant and appropriate interventions, policy recommendations and social change aimed at improving the health of community members.
For more information about the Department of Pediatrics Aboriginal Child Health Research Program, please visit Community Health Research Network.