HERMES was awarded a three-year Small Business Innovative Research Phase II contract with the National Institute of Mental Health.
Goal: To develop training modules to assist mental health researchers and African American community-based organization (CBO) leaders to
The Phase I study was completed in April 2004 and demonstrated the feasibility of developing partnership training that is responsive to the training needs of both mental health researchers and black CBOs.
Target audience: Young minority women aged 18–25 years attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
Objectives of the Phase II study:
Our training modules support the development and enhancement NIMH-funded research that addresses mental health disparities. The major advantage of our training modules for mental health researchers is having flexible, efficient, and affordable training options for preparing partnerships with black communities. The major advantage the training modules offer black CBO leaders is an appreciation of mental health research benefits and empowerment to effectively advocate for their communities’ needs in this arena. The modules offer both researchers and black CBO leaders an avenue for establishing ground rules and communication from a more informed perspective. This mutual understanding and appreciation is vital to ensure mental health research is truly collaborative and effectively addresses the needs of both partners.
We provide a methodology and materials based on collective experience in conducting effective outreach to black communities:
The first phase of the training includes three of a series of six individual modules. These first three modules are designed for separate learning sessions for mental health researchers and black community-based organization (CBO) leaders. The last three modules are designed for joint training sessions for mental-health researcher –CBO partnering pairs who have completed the Modules 1-3.
Module 1 / Considering Partnerships
Module 2 / Establishing the Partnership
Module 3 / Managing Collaborative Research
Preliminary results of our Phase II Small Business Innovative Research study indicate that our training materials, which include experiential exercises and case studies, have been well received by mental health researchers and black CBO leaders
We currently offer training materials for three formats: a semester-long facilitated course, a short cooperative learning course, and two-day workshops. Please contact email@example.com for further information to schedule a training or purchase the training modules.
Sponsor: National Institute of Mental Health
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