CBR Project Examples
By Cody Fearing, Taylor Konkle, Jacquelyn Laitsch, Hannah Pierce, Claire Rater, Teddy Varelis, Randy Stoecker
This project tested the dominant cultural belief that Hip-Hop music is a more violent form of music. We collaborated with Dr. Karen Reece, president of the Urban Community Arts Network (UCAN), which confronts the racialized barriers local Hip-Hop artists face and builds sustainable and safe performance opportunities for all local Hip-Hop artists. Our research compared music genres and indicators of violence. Using data from the Madison Police Department (2008-2016), we coded and analyzed 4,624 police calls made from bars, clubs and venues licensed to host live musical performances in Madison. We then determined whether there was a live music performance during the time of a police call by using archives from local publications, venue websites, and direct correspondence with venues. When compared with all other genres, our analysis does not confirm the popular belief that live Hip-Hop performances have higher instances of violence in Madison, WI.
Project leaders: Alex Adams, Brian Christens, Vincent Cryns
The Wisconsin Obesity Prevention Initiative (OPI) works to improve health by impacting childhood obesity through a multi-faceted approach including community-based participatory research, statewide outreach, surveillance and dissemination. By providing coalition support through community organizing and collective impact, multi-setting, comprehensive, community nutrition and physical activity strategies will be determined and research faculty will be able to test and potentially determine health improvements. Overall, the initiative will focus on specific aims to bring about population-level changes reducing the prevalence of childhood obesity, current and future healthcare costs, and future chronic disease mortality.
Shannon M.A. Sparks, PhD; Pang C. Vang, RN, CHES, MEd; Beth Peterman, BS, MSN, APNP-BC; Lisa Phillips, MEd, CHES; Mayhoua Moua
Cancer is a growing concern for women in the Hmong community. Hmong women experience poor health outcomes for both cervical and breast cancer, largely due to low rates of screening and resultant late-stage at diagnosis. Both breast and cervical cancer screening are complicated by a multitude of social, cultural and environmental factors which influence health care decision-making and can otherwise serve to restrict access. We argue that community- engaged research, an orientation which prioritizes collaborative, equitable partnerships and community voice in identifying both problems and solutions, can be a valuable approach to helping address cancer health disparities for Hmong women. Using the Milwaukee-based “Healthy Hmong Women” project as a case example, we detail how the community-engaged approach implemented by the project partners was critical in identifying factors contributing to Hmong cancer disparities and appropriate interventions, as well as the overall acceptance and success of the project. Specifically, we discuss how this approach: (1) promoted community investment and ownership in the project; (2) facilitated the integration of local perspectives and experiences; (3) built capacity to address cancer screening disparities; (4) facilitated the creation of interventions targeting multiple ecological levels; and (5) framed the community as the foundation and driver of positive change.