Allison L. Wolf



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In the field of public health, peer-reviewed publications using randomized control trials are held in the highest regard. Unfortunately, for many members of the general public, peer-reviewed publications don't offer practical solutions to their community’s public health concerns. Additionally, when the two communities come together, conflict can arise from unequal perceptions of their own values, goals, and resources. Through the implementation and promotion of community-based participatory research (CBPR), academics and community members can produce public health outcomes that simultaneously benefit scholarly goals and practical applications when their knowledge bases are validated. The conflicts between academics and communities center around perceived and actual power differences, so social conflict theory is used to analyze how their perspectives both conflict and coincide with each other while also emphasizing the importance of everyday versus specialized knowledge to validate all types of experience being contributed into a successful CBPR process. My research explains how using CBPR to construct and design community health initiatives can repair weak connections between researchers and communities while simultaneously creating new methods for combating public health issues.

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University of Minnesota, Morris


Morris, MN


Community-Based Participatory Research


Community-Based Research | Medicine and Health | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration

Constructing Health Together: Validating Knowledge in the Implementation of Community Health Initiatives