Community-Engaged Strategies to Increase Diversity of Participants in Health Education Research

Jagdish Khubchandani, Joyce Balls-Berry, James H. Price, Fern J. Webb

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Minorities have historically been underrepresented in health-related research. Several strategies have been recommended to increase the participation of minorities in health-related research. However, most of the recommendations and guidelines apply to research in clinical or laboratory contexts. One of the more prominent methods to enhance minority participation in health-related research that has recently come to the fore is the use of community-engaged strategies. The purpose of this article is to summarize community-engaged outreach efforts that can be translated into useable strategies for health education research teams seeking to diversify the pool of research participants. Also, we provide a succinct overview of the various components of a research endeavor that may influence minority participation in health-related research. Finally, we analyze how health education specialists and SOPHE (Society of Public Health Education) can play a leading role in helping enhance minority participation in health-related research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)323-327
Number of pages5
JournalHealth promotion practice
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015



  • community organization
  • community-based participatory research
  • health disparities
  • health research
  • lay health advisors/community health workers
  • minority health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)

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