CICRC

College of Natural Sciences

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The mission of the CICRC is to reduce the occurrence and severity of injuries, particularly under-served populations including Hispanics, Native Americans, and agricultural workers and their families. The CICRC has utilized a participatory action research theoretical model to facilitate community input in the development of research projects and prevention programs.  The utilization of participatory action research has fostered both education and research in rural and urban communities, through the identification of key injury issues of concern among people in that region.

The underlying assumptions of participatory action research include systems theory, humanistic values, and the development of human potential and democratic decision-making (Whyte, 1991). The knowledge generated is intended to help solve practical problems, to result in social change using a collective process of inquiry, and to involve active participation of underrepresented people (Hall, 1979). Significant advantages to using this approach in community based work are: 1) community members define the questions to be addressed; 2) community members define what will be done; 3) community members create changes in their environment needed to monitor and evaluate results of program activities; 4) community members can continue or modify programs as needed.

As a result of the utilization of the participatory action research model, CICRC initiated a small grants program for communities within Public Health Service Region VIII. The primary goals are to allow development and implementation of programs that are culturally relevant and to address injury issues of high concern within the community.  Examples of the small grants program include:

Community Initiated Small Grants for 2000-2001

Community Initiated Small Grants for 2001-2002

Community Initiated Small Grants for 2002-2003

Community Initiated Small Grants for 2003-2004

Community Initiated Small Grants for 2004-2005

Community Initiated Small Grants for 2007

Community Initiated Small Grants for 2008

Community Initiated Small Grants for 2009

Community Initiated Small Grants for 2010

Programs