Building community capacity for qualitative research to improve pregnancy intention screening

Katherine A. Falletta, Silpa Srinivasulu, Yolyn Almonte, Rachel Baum, Dayana Bermudez, Madeline Coriano, Ashley Grosso, Kathryn Iglehart, Cathy Mota, Laura Rodriguez, Jecenia Taveras, Natalie Tobier, Samantha Garbers

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


Background: Community-based participatory research (CBPR), with an emphasis on co-learning and collaboration, holds promise for exploring the pregnancy intention (PI) screening needs of Latina patients and their health care providers. We describe a CBPR partnership exploring PI screening processes at a federally qualified health center in New York City, and lessons learned related to community participation, training, and collaboration between partners. Methods: Stakeholders convened a community advisory board (CAB) to carry out CBPR. The CAB administered a biannual process evaluation to assess members’ experiences with the project. Results: Despite challenges, the CAB prioritized community participation, training, and collaboration. At three time points, members reported gaining research skills (93%, 100%, 100%), and believing in the project’s potential to improve PI screening (100%, 100%, 100%). Conclusions: Building capacity for CBPR requires providing iterative training, navigating discrepancies between CAB members’ interests and training needs, facilitating the meaningful participation of members with limited time and/or technical skills, and ensuring an equitable division of labor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)411-426
Number of pages16
JournalProgress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2019
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science


  • Community Health Services
  • Community health partnerships
  • Community health research
  • Health
  • Health promotion
  • Process
  • Reproductive Health Services
  • Women’s
  • Women’s Health Services


Dive into the research topics of 'Building community capacity for qualitative research to improve pregnancy intention screening'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this