Integration of a participatory research strategy into a rural health survey

J Gen Intern Med. 2003 Jul;18(7):586-8. doi: 10.1046/j.1525-1497.2003.21038.x.


The Glades Health Survey, a population-based survey of tuberculosis and HIV infection, provides a model for building community-research partnerships with local health departments in ethnically diverse communities. The survey was initiated without broad community participation; a year and a half of organizing established community leadership of the project. Essential factors in the success of the project included a shared objective, direct confrontation of fears about research, inclusion of all socioeconomic and racial/ethnic groups, and community participation in performing the research. These activities led to establishment of a community-based organization that received funding for HIV counseling and testing and HIV prevention case management.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Community Health Planning / organization & administration*
  • Florida / epidemiology
  • HIV Infections / epidemiology
  • HIV Infections / ethnology
  • Health Surveys*
  • Humans
  • Population Surveillance / methods
  • Public Health Administration
  • Rural Health*
  • Tuberculosis / epidemiology
  • Tuberculosis / ethnology