Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) is an innovative approach particularly well-suited for exploring solutions to mental health care access in rural communities. CBPR emphasizes a translational method of applying research findings to solving real world, community-specific problems. It is a collaborative and democratic approach to research that enables researchers and community members to work together as peers through an iterative process of engagement and problem identification, solution generation, planning and implementation, and feedback. Through this application, BHECN is working to expand our CBPR work to rural communities in rural regions of Nebraska to bring together patients, providers, community stakeholders, and governmental representatives to identify workable local solutions to deal with mental health problems in their communities.
For more information on how to bring CBPR to your community, contact BHECN