Increasing research literacy in minority communities: CARES fellows training program

J Empir Res Hum Res Ethics. 2010 Dec;5(4):33-41. doi: 10.1525/jer.2010.5.4.33.


The community alliance for Research Empowering Social Change (CARES) is an academic-community research partnership designed to: (1) train community members about evidence based public health, (2) increase community members' scientific literacy, and (3) develop the infrastructure for community-based participatory research so that local stakeholders can examine and address racial/ethnic health disparities in their communities. Nineteen community members enrolled in the CARES training. The training consisted of 11 didactic training sessions and 4 experiential workshops, taught by a multidisciplinary faculty from research institutions. Results suggest that the training increased research literacy, prepared community members for collaborative work with academic researchers, and empowered them to utilize scientific research methods to create social change in their communities.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Community-Based Participatory Research*
  • Cultural Competency
  • Education, Public Health Professional*
  • Evidence-Based Practice / education*
  • Fellowships and Scholarships*
  • Female
  • Health Status Disparities
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Minority Groups*
  • New York
  • Pilot Projects