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Alexandra Adams, MD, PhD (bio)

January 20 2009

47 minutes


Alexandra Adams, MD, PhD leads a family-based intervention project - Healthy Children, strong families - to reduce obesity and cardiac risk factors in American Indian children. This participatory research project, a partnership between four Wisconsin Tribes, the great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council and UW researchers, is a randomized controlled trial examining the effect of a home visiting intervention on reducing metabolic risk and improving lifestyles in the children and their primary caregivers.

Guide Questions for this Presentation:

1. Describe characteristics of Community-based Participatory Research (CBPR).

2. How does the process of CBPR differ from traditional research, particularly as related to choosing and framing the research question, gaining permission and access to communities, writing for funding, analyzing data, and disseminating results?

3. What are sample questions used to guide thinking when developing interventions for communities?

4. Describe strategies for engaging communities in intervention design.

5. Outline considerations for researchers working in communities.

6. Relative to the Native American tribes that Adams works with, what are their values related to research?

7. What are Adam’s “Yes, You Can!” research advice?


Community-Academic Research Partnerships, Medical Student Research Forum


Minority Health, Pediatrics, Public Health


American Indians, Children, Health Research Partnerships, ICTR, Obesity, Tribal Communities, Wisconsin Nutrition and Growth Study (WINGS)
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