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Community Based Participatory Action Research: Long Beach

The Health Equity team partnered with Participatory Budgeting Project and Long Beach Building Healthy Community (BHC) partners to support their nine-month effort to gather community input on how to fund local projects in 2016. Participatory budgeting (PB) is a democratic process that enables taxpayers to work with government to inform budget decisions that affect their lives. Health Equity brought their expertise around community based participatory action research (CBPAR) – as well as the ability to uplift data driven decision-making processes – to the community budget delegates in two Long Beach Council Districts.

Our team facilitated a community-engaged mapping session with 25 residents to discuss and identify assets in their neighborhood as part of their budget process orientation. Participants were able to collaborate around creating a positive narrative about their community, as well as speak to new attributes they would like to see. The data was uploaded to and BHC partners were trained on how to use the online platform in their advocacy. The ideas generated informed proposals that were submitted to their Council Districts for a public vote.

For more information on our CBPAR methods, please reach out to Megan McClaire at

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