Princeton's National Institute of Health Partnership Class
This is a story about Princeton's National Institute of Health Partnership class, which engages high school students and teachers as co-investigators in research on the social determinants of health disparities in our own communities. The research focuses on substance abuse and addiction. This class uses a community-based participatory research (CBPR) orientation. CBPR research students work in equal partnership with academic investigators to conduct the research. The goal of CBPR is not just scientific results, but also real-world change. By engaging students and teachers as collaborators in research important to their communities, it is the intent to train the next generation of scientific investigators who can translate and communicate research into community contexts.