Lachel Story, Ph.D., RN
Assistant Professor, Department of Systems Leadership and Health Outcomes
My work with Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR), and specifically with Community Health Advisors (CHAs), began nearly 11 years ago with my master’s thesis, Peer Mentoring as an Intervention to Decrease Modifiable Cardiovascular Risk Factors: An Instrument Validation, for which I received a small Sigma Theta Tau grant to support. I continued this work with my multi-method dissertation, Training Community Health Advisors in the Mercy Delta Express Project: A Case Study, for which also received support through a NIH P20 grant. My dissertation included a concept synthesis and conceptual model development that steered the development of an instrument to measure CHA core competencies. The instrument was pilot-tested and then used to evaluate a CHA training program as a part of a case study. The case study included both qualitative and quantitative approaches. The qualitative results of that case! study were published in a monograph, Community Health Advisor Training: A Transformational Learning Experience, in 2012. Prior to completing my dissertation, I laid groundwork for future research with CHAs through an interdisciplinary collaboration. This collaboration resulted in a funded project, Getting on Target with Community Health Advisors (GOTCHA), which has completed its second and final year. In addition to continued research with leaders in the CHA arena, I worked with CHAs on the national level for five years through membership on the Unity Conference Planning Committee and annual conference attendance until the conference’s demise in 2011 due to lack of funding. The Unity Conference was a venue where CHAs gather from diverse geographic, ethnic, and program backgrounds to share current activities and participate in skill building activities. Those relationships developed through Unity continue today. Additionally, I have served as a consultant 2010 to 2011 on ! a NIH R24 grant-funded project, A Community Partnership to Red! uce Bloo d Pressure Among African American Adults, to conduct CHA training on a variety of chronic disease topics. More recently, I served as a consultant on an internally-funded project, Developing Community-Based Participatory Research Project to Address Early Childbearing Among African American Adolescents, at Barry University to guide CBPR process and CHA training.
Story, L., Wyatt, S., & Hinton, A. (2010). The ‘Insider-Outsider’ dilemma in community-based participatory research: The role of community health advisors. Journal of Nursing Ethics, 17 (1), 117-126.