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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

[Program Announcement 02003]

Community-Based Participatory Prevention Research; Notice of Availability of FundsA. Purpose

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announces the availability of fiscal year (FY) 2002 funds for a grant program for the Office of Extramural Prevention Research. This program addresses the "Healthy People 2010" focus area, Educational and Community-Based Programs. It is also related to the Department of Health and Human Services Strategic Plan Goal 6: "Strengthen the nation's health sciences research enterprise and enhance its productivity through the Prevention Research Initiative."

The purpose of the program is to stimulate investigator-initiated participatory research on community-based approaches to prevention. Findings from these projects should advance the practice of public health and policy in order to promote health and reduce disease, disability, and injury.Specifically, this announcement seeks to support multi-disciplinary, multi-level, participatory research that will enhance the capacity of communities and population groups to address health promotion and the prevention of disease, disability and injury.

Multi-level research involves interventions directed at two or more levels, such as individual, family, neighborhood, organizational, broader community (e.g.,city, county, state), environmental and/or policy or legislative levels. Community refers to populations that may be defined by geography, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or disability or other health conditions, or to groups that have a common interest or cause, such as health or service agencies and organizations, practitioners, policy makers, or lay public groups with public health concerns.

Participatory research involves collaboration with the community being studied, at least in formulating the research questions and in interpreting and applying research findings, and, if the community so chooses, in selecting methods and analyzing data. This announcement is not limited to any particular model of participatory research.

While the direction of the research must be guided by the expressed needs and interests of the community engaged in the study, this program is especially targeted to supporting cross-cutting research (i.e., research that considers interventions or methods that would now or in the future be applicable to more than one health condition).

B. Eligible Applicants

Applications may be submitted by public and private nonprofit organizations and by governments and their agencies; that is, universities, colleges, research institutions, hospitals, other public and private nonprofitorganizations, State and local governments or their bona fide agents, including the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, Guam, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau, federally recognized Indian tribal governments, Indian tribes, or Indian tribal organizations.

Dated: February 14, 2002. Rebecca B. O'Kelley, Chief, International Grants and Contracts Branch, Procurement and Grants Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
ACTION: 1Task Force on Community Preventive Services. Introducing the Guide to Community Preventive Services: Methods, first recommendations, and expert commentary. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2001;18(1S).