Our partner for this panel, the Detroit Urban Research Center (Detroit URC), believes in enhancing the understanding of the relationship between the social and physical environmental determinants of health and translating that knowledge into public health interventions, programs, and policies to promote health equity. CCPH upholds the belief that social justice and health equity can be accomplished through partnerships between communities and academic institutions. Our collaboration showcases the wonderful potential of CBPR, which actively positions communities at the center of what and how research is conducted to promote health equity. 

What did attendees gain from attending this event?

This panel of community and academic experts shared their expertise and lived experiences conducting community-based participatory research (CBPR) with those interested in CBPR. Two panelists were participants in the Detroit URC’s CBPR Partnership Academy, so attendees were invited to learn about the academy’s impact on their work and to check out the wonderful work the current cohort is building together. 

Attendees gained real accounts from practitioners who struggle with all sorts of CBPR issues, including power dynamics, funding cycles, and building trust. Registrants received a key takeaways one-pager and webinar recording.

What are the next steps from this event?

CBPR requires its community and academic partners to be reflexive and intentional and hold each other accountable. We hope this panel serves as another reminder to make sure practitioners align their practice with values and that all stakeholders need to do their due diligence in ensuring the research conducted reflects growth, community expertise, and shared leadership.

View the Key Takeaway Sheet

Watch the Recording

This event was part of a series with Detroit URC. Watch the previous events here.


  • Al Richmond, Executive Director CCPH


Ilima Ho Lastimosa

Heidi ILIMA Ho-Lastimosa, Assistant Specialist – Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences, UHM-CTAHR //  Ke Kula Nui O Waimānalo – Founder, Director

Aloha from God’s Country, Waimānalo. My name is Ilima Ho-Lastimosa, from Waimānalo Hawaiian Homestead in Waimānalo, Hawaii. I am a founding member of Ke Kula Nui O Waimānalo, a non-profit that is effective in keeping our practices and life ways alive and flourishing within the community. Aloha IS My Superpower!   Mahalo!

Ella Greene-Moton

Ella Greene-Moton, Administrator Community Based Organization Partners, Community Ethics Review Board, 2022 President-Elect of the American Public Health Association

Ella has an extensive background in public health advocacy, Public Health Policy, Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR), and programming, spanning over the past forty-plus years in the City of Flint and surrounding areas. She currently serves as Administrator of the Community Based Organization Partners (CBOP) Community Ethics Review Board (CERB), with specific efforts in public health Ethics focused on providing an awareness at the community level, developing and elevating the community voice and advocating for community inclusiveness at the State and National Levels. Her expertise includes facilitating community/academic/practice partnership building and sustainability and developing and managing community-based projects. She is also excited to have been elected the 2022 President-Elect of the American Public Health Association.

Stephanie Baker

Associate Professor and Department Chair, Public Health Studies, Elon University

Stephanie Baker is Associate Professor and Chair of the Public Health Studies Department at Elon University. Her work uses anti-racism and intersectionality lenses, combined with community-based participatory research approaches, to understand and address health inequities. Her recent efforts, in collaboration with community partners, has focused on birth justice, equity in the Community Health Assessment, and creative methods of sharing research findings. She is especially excited about co-creating a documentary-dance film titled Reclaiming Power: The Black Maternal Health Crisis. She is an organizer and trainer with the Racial Equity Institute, a member of the Black Pearls Society, Inc, and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She hopes to contribute to racial justice, social justice and liberation movements through teaching, research, and community and institutional organizing.

Kunga Denzongpa, PhD, MPH

Kunga Denzongpa, Ph.D., MPH, Evaluation Specialist, Community-Campus Partnerships for Health

Kunga completed her doctoral training in public health with an emphasis on community health education from the University of North Carolina Greensboro (UNCG). She has extensive experience in cross-cultural community-based participatory research among refugee and immigrant communities.  As a Sikkimese-Himalayan tribal minority raised in a collective community, her passion is rooted in equitable approaches to community and health.