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A Tool for Equity & Change

Presentation Language: English

Interpretation Available from English to Spanish


Too often, traditional research can be an extractive process that takes advantage of the knowledge given by communities without giving back. This workshop will present a research approach that can build equity and create positive change in communities: community-based participatory research (CBPR). You will learn about the definition of CBPR, principles of this type of research, and why this approach is valuable to addressing food equity. We will share our CBPR project, which focused on understanding the barriers and facilitators to cooking in the home for low-income Latino families in the neighborhoods of Washington Heights and Inwood in New York City. This public health project was the result of a collaboration between a pediatrician and a non-profit manager. We convened an advisory committee made up of local stakeholders who helped us develop a survey to assess frequency of cooking, frequency of family meals, access to a kitchen, access to tools and appliances, cooking techniques, and many other concepts. We administered the survey in partnership with local organizations and food pantries, and collected 179 valid responses. We will discuss the development of the project and its research question, its implementation, and its impact. During the workshop, you will develop your own ideas for CBPR food equity research projects in your community, and you will gain a strong foundation in the principles of this approach to research. By considering how community-based participatory research can serve as a tool for food equity, you will expand your skill set and the range of possibilities for your future community work.

Learning Objectives:

  • Objective 1:

    • Workshop participants will be able to define community-based participatory research and explain its principles in their own words.

  • Objective 2:

    • Workshop participants will brainstorm research strategies for addressing Latino food inequity that engage their communities in a more equitable way.

  • Objective 3:

    • Workshop participants will develop 1-2 potential research topics for a CBPR Latino food equity project in their own community.


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catarina rivera

Program Manager, City Harvest

Catarina currently works as a Program Manager for City Harvest in New York City, and has been at the organization for over 3 years. Her role focuses on increasing partner capacity around food security and building local food security through working with residents. Previously, she worked as a Health Coordinator at Harlem Children’s Zone and as founder of a community health program in Washington Heights. She holds a Masters in Public Health from the CUNY School of Public Health as well as a MSEd degree in Dual Language/Bilingual Education from Bank Street college, and a BA from Duke University.

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dr. shweta antani

Professor of Pediatrics, Columbia University Medical Center

Shweta Antani, DO is a general academic pediatrician serving children and families in New York City as part of the New York Presbyterian Hospital Ambulatory Care Network at Columbia University Medical Center. Her primary area of interest has been investigating the adverse effects of poverty on urban underserved children and families, in particular the interaction of food insecurity, nutrition, and obesity. Dr. Antani received her medical degree from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, and completed residency training in Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. She also completed a two-year public health academic fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.


amy vertal

Research Assistant

Amy is a June 2019 graduate of the City University of New York Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy with an MPH in Community Health and Social Sciences. Her research interests center on health disparities and their political, social, and environmental determinants, particularly with regard to food and housing insecurity. Amy holds a BS in human physiology from Boston University, and is also a certified teacher of English as a Second Language.

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