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This keynote will address the value and processes necessary for accessing the expert knowledge of diverse families and community groups through use of community-based participatory research methods  (CBPR). CBPR approaches are well suited for designing health promotion strategies with the goal of improved long-term health outcomes.






  • To acquaint the participants with the norms, values and processes of community-based participatory research (CBPR) methods.
  • To share the process of using CBPR in a federally funded grant.
  • To challenge participants to think about how CBPR methods might be an asset within their practice and research career.
  • To demonstrate the research career trajectory of one CBPR researcher.
  • To recommend skills needed to be a successful collaborator in a CBPR partnership with diverse communities.
  • To discuss the role of hospitality and authenticity in the research relationship.


Dates: Friday, September 28, 2012

 Time:  7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

 Location: South Central College


  • $40 for Professionals
  • $20 for Graduate Students
  • Free for Undergraduate Students
    • Undergraduate students need to register through their faculty member

Continuing Education Credit: 3 contact hours


7:30-8:00 a.m. - Registration and Refreshments
8:00-8:15 a.m. - Welcome, Diane Witt - President Mu Lambda
8:15-8:45 a.m. - "Analysis of the Engagement Processes Used by Families Managing Diverse Chronic Illnesses" Mary Ann Moon, MSN, RN
8:45-9:15 a.m. - "Role Modeling Family Care: A Systems Change Project" Stacey Van Gelderan, DNP, RN
9:15-9:45 a.m. "Nursing Studens' Attitudes Toward End of Life Care" Tammy Neiman, MS, RN-BC
10:15-11:30 a.m. - Keynote Speaker: Sonja J. Meiers, PhD, RN
11:30-11:50 a.m. - Awards Presentation
11:50-12:00 p.m. - Conclusion and Evaluation



Sonja J. Meiers, PhD, RN, Professor and Director of Graduate Programs in Nursing at Winona State University:

Dr. Meiers has been engaged in nursing research, with a primary focus on family care and family health, for the past 10 years. Her clinical background is in pediatric and family nursing where she practiced in acute care, home care and community settings for 15 years prior to becoming a nurse educator and researcher. She has expertise in qualitative and quantitative methodologies, always with the goal of improving clinical practice and health outcomes. Dr. Meiers has been involved with the Rochester Healthy Community Partnership (RHCP), a team of academic researchers and community members from diverse cultural groups, for the last three years. She is one of the co-investigators in a major five year grant awarded by the National Institutes of Health in December 2011, “Healthy Immigrant Families: Working Together to Move More and Eat Well”. RHCP has also been funded by smaller grants over the last three years and Dr. Meiers will incorporate lessons learned from these grant projects within the keynote, as well.


Registration information: Registration taken on a first come first serve basis. Course size is limited to 20 participants. You will receive a confirmation e-mail following your registration

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Questions: If you have questions about the training or how to register, contact the College of University Extended Education at 507-389-2572 or 1-800-311-3142, or email