Community-based participatory research (CBPR) utilizes a partnership approach, bringing together researchers and community stakeholders as equal partners throughout the research process to contribute expertise and share in decision making.

CBPR lets power be shared between researcher and the researched, acknowledges legitimacy of experiential knowledge, and focuses on improving practices. CBPR has been identified by the National Institutes of Health as a successful approach in creating interventions and prevention strategies to reduce health disparities.

In 2021, LUNGevity launched its first CBPR program, the Health Equity for Communities Research Award.

Research Funded to Date

Health Equity for Communities Research Award

Kristen E. Riley, PhD
Kristen E. Riley, PhD
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ
CBPR intervention to decrease lung cancer stigma and health disparities

The use of mindfulness has the potential to address the multiple intersections of stigma in high-risk lung cancer groups inclusive of racial/ethnic and LGBTQ+ communities. A known approach of mindfulness (MOST) that has proven utility in other cancer-related fields has not been examined to a great extent in reducing stigma from lung cancer.

Dr. Riley is testing an innovative community-based participatory research (CBPR) and Multiphase Optimization Strategy (MOST) method to develop a brief virtual mindfulness intervention to decrease intersectional stigma. Dr. Riley will examine the reach, acceptability, and feasibility to underserved intersectional groups, including Black, Latinx, and LGBTQ+ lung cancer patients. This research project has a high likelihood of improving health behaviors and health outcomes for several communities.

Matthew Triplette, MD, MPH
Matthew Triplette, MD, MPH
University of Washington/Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA
Tailoring Screening and Smoking Cessation for the LGBTQ community

The lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer (LGBTQ) community faces several health disparities, including a higher rate of lung cancer due to increased rates of tobacco use in this group. Dr. Triplette will partner with an urban LGBTQ community center to create and evaluate a tailored lung cancer screening and smoking cessation navigation program to specifically address the needs of this community. By directly partnering with stakeholders and community members, he plans to develop a sustainable program that will assist LGBTQ community members with both screening and cessation that can then be disseminated to improve the health of LGBTQ patients across the country.