Strategies for Dealing With Health DisparitiesEngaging the Dan River Region to Reduce Obesity: Application of the Comprehensive Participatory Planning and Evaluation ProcessZoellner, Jamie PhD, RD; Motley, Monica MSED; Wilkinson, Margie E. MS; Jackman, Barbara MHA; Barlow, Morgan L. MPH; Hill, Jennie L. PhDAuthor Information Virginia Tech, Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise (Drs Zoellner and Hill), and Virginia Tech, Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences-Population Health Sciences (Ms Motley) Blacksburg; Danville Regional Foundation (Ms Wilkinson) and Get Fit Dan River Region (Ms Jackman) Danville, Virginia; and Duke Global Health Institute, Durham, North Carolina (Ms Barlow). Correspondence: Jamie Zoellner, PhD, RD, Virginia Tech, Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise, Integrated Life Sciences Bldg, 23, Room 1034 (0913), 1981 Kraft Dr, Blacksburg, VA 24061 (email@example.com). The authors thank all members of the Dan River Region Obesity Task Force for their continued commitment to advance the mission of the community-academic partnership. This study was funded by Virginia Tech's Institute for Society, Culture, and Environment, as well as funds from the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth. The authors declare no conflict of interest. Family & Community Health: January/March 2012 - Volume 35 - Issue 1 - p 44-56 doi: 10.1097/FCH.0b013e3182385cd9 Buy Metrics Abstract Despite ongoing recommendations to engage health-disparate populations in the initiation and execution of community-based research, few studies report on the process of community engagement. The action-oriented Comprehensive Participatory Planning and Evaluation (CPPE) process is designed to guide community health planning and evaluation. This article describes how the CPPE process was utilized within a community-based participatory research initiative aimed at addressing obesity in the health-disparate Dan River Region. Encouraging community engagement in formulating research agendas and promoting ownership of health solutions will be key to improving obesity risk factors among Dan River Region residents and similar vulnerable communities. © 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.