Community-Based Research Committee

Mission of the Community-Based Research Committee

Community-based research is generally regarded as a project that includes community members in designing, implementing, analyzing, and/or using the research; involves an equal partnership between the researcher and the community; and empowers the community through the research.

The members of the CBR committee seek to draw upon Hofstra’s growing research capacity to support faculty and student engagement in community-based work. We are a resource for those wanting to learn more about community-based research. In addition our committee will be a forum for sharing CBR ideas and experiences, coordinating research projects, and cooperating to promote ethical research practices. We will also work with the CCE Grants’ committee and the Office of the Provost to support CBR at Hofstra.

This website includes a range of online resources, including a guide to recent and current Hofstra CBR projects. As CCE-affiliated faculty, we commit to high ethical standards that respect individuals, groups, and communities. We have accordingly included materials related to the protection of human subjects in the course of faculty- and student-conducted community-based research. Members of the committee are available to come to classes or meet with research teams to discuss community-based research.

Contact Kari Jensen, CBR Committee Chair, for more information: email Kari Jensen.

Below, you will find resources that may be helpful as you plan your community-based research project:.

Hofstra Institutional Review Board

Hofstra Faculty Policy Series #36 on the use of Human Subjects in Research

National Institutes of Health Training Site – frequently used in public health and cognate social sciences

Sample Syllabi for Community-Based Research:
HPR073. Framework and Design in Health Care Studies
ASR 206 Funding and Conducting Community-Based Research

Informed Consent Forms for Interviewees:
Sample for Student Researchers / Class Projects
Sample for Graduate / Faculty Research

Faculty website with helpful literature and advocacy links:
Margaret Abraham Online

The Principal Investigator: Dr. Gregory Maney

Other projects:

  • The Adopt-a-Trout: (AaT) Program is monitoring the reintroduction of brook trout to Shu Swamp Preserve, part of the Oyster Bay Stewardship area and their only known spawning ground in Nassau County, NY.

The Principal Investigator: Peter C. Daniel
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  • Roosevelt Middle School Adolescent Obesity Prevention: Working with Nassau University Medical Center, the National Center for Suburban Studies, Roosevelt Middle School faculty and administration and parents to reduce obesity rates.
  • Roosevelt Environmental Justice project: working with CBOs Choice for All and Roosevelt Community Revitalization Group on increasing advocacy and awareness of local environmental justice issues, such as groundwater contamination and brownfield development.
  • New Cassel and Uniondale Photo Voice: working with teens in these communities to assess the assets and improvements needed in their communities using photographs, and how to use these findings for advocacy and change.
  • Suburban Health Stories: creating digital video narratives to document how place affects the health of residents of lower income suburban communities.  This ongoing project aims to uncover the lived experiences of health inequities on Long Island.

The Principal Investigator: Dr. Martine Hackett
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