Successes, challenges and lessons learned: Community-engaged research with South Carolina's Gullah population
In partnership with a Citizen Advisory Committee, developed at the inception of the first community-engaged research project, the academic researchers have been able to build on relationships and trust with this population to sustain partnerships and to meet major research objectives over a 20-year period. Challenges observed include structural inequality, organisational and cultural issues, and lack of resources for building sustainable research infrastructure. Lessons learned during this process include the necessity for clearly articulated and shared goals, knowledge about the community culture, and embedding the cultural context within research approaches.
Keywords: Engaged health research, vulnerable populations, longterm collaboration, South Carolina 'Gullah' communities
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