Community and Patient Partnered Research Network (CPPRN)

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Areas of Focus: Behavioral health in under-resourced communities

Population Characteristics: All

Organization: University of California Los AngelesUCLA Center of Health Services and SocietyLouisiana State University, and Tulane University

Contact: Krystal Griffith

Principal Investigator: Kenneth Wells, AB, MD, MPH

Co-Principal Investigators: Benjamin Springgate MD, MPH,  Ashley Wennerstrom PhD, MPHBowen Chung, MD, MSHSSheryl Kataoka MD, MSHSSarah Starks PhD, and Armen Arevian MD, PhD


The Community and Patient Partnered Research Network (CPPRN) is a new project in Los Angeles County and New Orleans that seeks to improve behavioral health services for under-resourced communities. Our CPPRN is driven by equal partnerships between patients, community members, and researchers to create a system for conducting behavioral health research.  All of our research is based on the priorities of communities, patients, and caregivers. We will use community-partnered participatory research (CPPR) to make sure that patients and community stakeholders co-lead research that is important to communities and helps overcome distrust of research.

The goal of CPPRN is to address disparities among African-American and Latinos adults and adolescents at risk for behavioral health conditions.  CPPRN aims to accomplish this goal by:

  1. Using the CPPR approach where researchers, community stakeholders, and patients work together to develop policies.
  2. Create an approach that addresses behavioral health conditions that can be reproduced by having patients, caregivers, clinicians, and community stakeholders work together.
  3. Develop a research and data infrastructure through collaborative decision making by patients, community stakeholders, and researchers.

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Last updated on April 23, 2018