Assessing human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) risk among older urban adults: a model for community-based research partnership

Fam Community Health. 2003 Jul-Sep;26(3):203-13. doi: 10.1097/00003727-200307000-00005.


Community-based research brings together researchers and community members as partners to conduct research of mutual concern. This article describes the components necessary to implement a successful research partnership, taking as an example a study of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) risk among residents of senior housing sites in two North American cities. The article describes important aspects of building and sustaining partnerships, the methods implemented to conduct research on sensitive topics, share resources, disseminate results and collaborate on programs and interventions to benefit the health and well-being of older adults.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Community Health Planning / organization & administration*
  • Community Participation
  • Community-Institutional Relations*
  • Female
  • HIV Infections / prevention & control*
  • Health Promotion / organization & administration*
  • Health Services Research
  • Housing for the Elderly / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Models, Organizational*
  • Risk-Taking
  • United States
  • Urban Health Services / organization & administration
  • Urban Health*