Community-Based Participatory Research:
A Partnership Approach For Public Health
Primary Instructors


Barbara A. Israel, DrPH, MPH, is a Professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education at the School of Public Health, University of Michigan where she joined the faculty in 1982. She received her MPH and DrPH degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was Deputy Editor of Health Education & Behavior from 1989 to 2003 and is the author or coauthor of more than eighty journal articles and book chapters in the areas of community-based participatory research (CBPR), social support and stress, social determinants of health and health inequities, evaluation, and community empowerment and health. She has nearly 30 years of experience in conducting CBPR in collaboration with partners in diverse ethnic communities.  Dr. Israel is the Director of the Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center (URC), funded initially through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and presently funded by The Skillman Foundation and the University of Michigan. She is involved in several of the CBPR partnerships and projects affiliated with the URC (CAAA, HEP, REACH, NWP) focusing on: an examination of the social and physical environmental determinants of childhood asthma and intervention strategies aimed at reducing these determinants; diabetes management and prevention; the relationships between psychosocial and physical environmental and biological factors and cardiovascular disease, and strategies for addressing these factors; and building capacity for and engaging in policy change aimed at eliminating health disparities. Dr. Israel teaches a graduate course in CBPR and received the Excellence in Teaching Award at UM SPH. She has designed, conducted, and evaluated numerous workshops and presentations on CBPR and frequently consults on the use of a CBPR approach.


Chris M. Coombe, PhD, MPH, is a Research Associate with the Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center (URC).  She received her PhD in health behavior and health education from the University of Michigan School of Public Health, and her MPH from University of California, Berkeley, where she was instrumental in developing the Center for Public Health Practice.  Dr. Coombe has over 25 years of experience developing, implementing, and evaluating community-based interventions and collaborations using a participatory approach.  She plays a lead role in curriculum development and evaluation of the URC’s Neighborhoods Working in Partnership: Building Capacity for Policy Change project, which aims to engage Detroit residents in advocating for policies to improve health.  She has taught graduate level courses in program planning and evaluation, group process, and integration of public health theory and practice.  Dr. Coombe has provided consultation and training to numerous public and non-profit organizations in organization development, strategic planning, fundraising, participatory evaluation, board development, and collaboration among diverse partners.  In addition to CBPR, her research focuses on social determinants of health, particularly how housing and economic conditions of neighborhoods contribute to health inequities.  She received a postdoctoral fellowship through the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR), the University of Michigan’s NIH-funded Clinical and Translational Science Award, to translate community-based participatory research findings into policy interventions to improve health in urban communities.


Robert J. McGranaghan, MPH, is the Project Manager for the Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center (URC), based at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, and has been involved with the Detroit URC since its inception in 1995. He is also an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education. Mr. McGranaghan has been instrumental in the development, implementation, and evaluation of community-based health education interventions for over 25 years and is highly valued for his leadership in the development of an evidence-based training curriculum on CBPR. He has conducted this curriculum in such venues as the Society for Public Health Education Mid-Year Conference; NIEHS Annual Meeting of Environmental Justice and CBPR Grantees; a continuing education institute sponsored by Community-Campus Partnership for Health; and three learning institutes at the American Public Health Association Annual meetings. His interests include working to disseminate lessons learned and recommendations for conducting community-based participatory research (CBPR), helping new and emerging community-institutional partnerships to understand and use the CBPR model, and advocating for community-based interests in public health.