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Social Work

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Kia J. Bentley, PhD


This case study is a qualitative examination of a health promotion project conducted in collaboration with members of the mental health peer community. More specifically, it explores the community based participatory research (CBPR) implementation process used to conduct this health promotion project to gain a deeper understanding of the mechanisms at work in the implementation process. While there has been considerable attention to the principles that guide CBPR (Braun et al., 2012; Israel et al., 2008; LaVeaux & Christopher, 2009), there remains important work to be done in bridging these principles to implementation; what processes or mechanisms translate these principles to action. Four mechanisms were initially proposed by this writer, derived from extant literature in this area (Wallerstein & Duran, 2003). These provided the initial framework for analyzing the data gathered throughout the case study. The case report discusses the findings of how these initially proposed mechanisms have been transformed and redefined in the context of this case. The resultant mechanisms, knowledge sharing, power sharing, task sharing, resource sharing, and shared purpose (there are five, as one additional new mechanism emerged in the analysis), are described with examples of how they were reflected in this case. Implications for these findings for CBPR research, collaborative health promotion with the mental health peer community, and the social work profession are shared.


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