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Advancing Nursing Science Through Community Advisory Boards

Working Effectively Across Diverse Communities

Gonzalez-Guarda, Rosa M. PhD, MPH, CPH, RN, FAAN; Jones, Emily J. PhD, RNC-OB; Cohn, Elizabeth PhD, RN; Gillespie, Gordon L. PhD, DNP, RN, CEN, CNE, CPEN, PHCNS-BC, FAEN, FAAN; Bowen, Felesia PhD, DNP, APN

doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000167
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The movement toward community-engaged research is well aligned with nursing's strong tradition of engaging individuals, families, and communities in designing and evaluating nursing care. As such, nurse scientists should consider engaging the recipients of care in the research process. Community advisory boards are a common way in which communities are engaged in research. The purpose of this article is to provide a framework for effectively working with community advisory boards in diverse communities that is informed by evidence and experiences of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars. Recommendations can serve as a blueprint for nurse scientists as they engage communities in research promoting health equity.

Duke University School of Nursing, Durham, North Carolina (Dr Gonzalez-Guarda); College of Nursing & Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts Boston (Dr Jones); Center for Health Innovation, Adelphi University, Garden City, New York (Dr Cohn); University of Cincinnati College of Nursing, Ohio (Dr Gillespie); and Rutgers University School of Nursing, New Brunswick, New Jersey (Dr Bowen).

Correspondence: Rosa M. Gonzalez-Guarda, PhD, MPH, CPH, RN, FAAN, Duke University School of Nursing, 307 Trent Dr, DUMC 3322, Durham, NC 27710 (rosa.gonzalez-guarda@duke.edu).

The time needed to prepare this article was supported primarily by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars Program. Additional support for Dr Gonzalez-Guarda was provided by the University of Miami School of Nursing Center of Excellence for Health Disparities Research: El Centro, National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities grant P60MD002266. Additional support for Dr Cohn was provided by Columbia University, Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, through the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health, through Grant Number UL1TR001873. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH.

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

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