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Combining research, advocacy, and education: the methods of the Grandparent Caregiver Study.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Health education quarterly
Publication Date
Volume
22
Issue
4
Pages
458–475
Identifiers
PMID: 8550370
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

This article presents a case study of the effective synergy of health education inquiry, community collaboration, and policy advocacy. Using the Grandparent Caregiver Study as the example, the authors focus on key methodological decisions that enabled them to incorporate research, education, and advocacy activities into an ever-growing project on a modest budget. The study itself centered on two in-depth interviews with each of 71 African American grandmothers raising young grandchildren due to the crack cocaine epidemic in Oakland, California. The case study demonstrates ways in which health education research can increase the efficacy of individuals and disenfranchised groups to define problems, voice their concerns, and advocate for more just and healthy public policies. Through discussion of the authors' methods and activities, they suggest strategies through which research participants, service providers, and policymakers can work together to bring a new issue to the policy arena through a collaborative and empowering research process.

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