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Advancing Social and Health Equity

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From Nina: To my late parents, Robert and Judith Wallerstein, who modeled for me values of justice and compassion.

From Bonnie: Gratitude to my parents, siblings, and community members for sharing their values, wisdom, and patience.

From John: To my children, Spencer and Ethan, who inspire me to make a positive contribution in the community.

From Meredith: To Roy and Fran Minkler, who as parents and human beings taught by example the power of deep concern with fairness, caring, keeping a sense of humor, and never giving up.


NINA WALLERSTEIN, DrPH, professor of public health, College of Population Health, and director, Center for Participatory Research (, University of New Mexico (UNM), has been developing CBPR and empowerment, Paulo Freire–based interventions for more than thirty years. She has written over 150 articles and chapters and seven books, including the Freirean Problem-Posing at Work: A Popular Educator's Guide. In 2016, she received the inaugural Community Engaged Research Lecture award from UNM. She's had a long-term CBPR research relationship with several New Mexican tribes to support intergenerational culture-centered family prevention programming with children, parents, and elders; and she has worked with the Healthy Native Community Partnership for more than ten years. Since 2006, she has worked to strengthen the science of CBPR and community-engaged research. She is currently principal investigator (PI) of Engage for Equity, an NINR-funded RO1 to assess promising partnering practices associated with outcomes and to develop partnership evaluation and reflection tools and resources. She has collaboratively produced with Latin American colleagues an empowerment, participatory research, and health promotion curriculum available in Spanish, Portuguese, and English ( and cosponsors an annual summer institute in CBPR for health at the University of New Mexico.

BONNIE DURAN, DrPH (mixed-race Opelousas and Coushatta) is professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Washington, and is also Director of the Center for Indigenous Health Research at the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute ( Using Indigenous theories to guide her work, Bonnie's research includes intervention and prevalence studies of substance abuse and other mental disorders, violence, and treatment seeking in Native communities. Her overall aims are to work with communities to design interventions and descriptive studies that are empowering, culture-centered, sustainable, and that have maximum public health impact.

JOHN G. OETZEL is a professor in the Waikato Management School at the University of Waikato. He uses CBPR to collaboratively work with communities to address various health issues to improve health equity. His current work includes the collaborative development of interventions with two Māori health organizations in New Zealand related to pre-diabetes and positive aging. He is also a member of the Engage for Equity research team investigating promising practices for CBPR in the United States. He contributes expertise in research design and evaluation and believes in the importance of collaborative design to ensure that the research evaluation fits the context and needs of communities as well as to ensure interventions are culturally centered. He is author or coauthor of three books: Managing Intercultural Communication Effectively (with Stella Ting-Toomey, 2001, Sage); Intercultural Communication: A Layered Approach (2009, Pearson); and Theories of Human Communication, 11th ed. (with Stephen Littlejohn and Karen Foss, 2017, Waveland). He is coeditor of two other books: The Sage Handbook of Conflict Communication (with Stella Ting-Toomey, 2006, Sage, and 2nd edition in 2013). In addition, he is also author of more than ninety articles and book chapters.

MEREDITH MINKLER, DrPH, MPH, is professor in the Graduate School, Community Health Sciences, University of California, Berkeley, and professor emerita in the School of Public Health. Founding director of the UC Berkeley Center on Aging, Minkler continues to work with community and other partners to help develop the evidence base for implementing healthy public policy in areas including healthy retail in low-income neighborhoods, environmental exposures, immigrant worker health and safety, criminal justice reform, and HIV/AIDS. A recent Fulbright specialist in South Africa in CBPR, she has offered trainings on community-engaged research in Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, the United Kingdom, and in numerous states and provinces in the United States and Canada. Minkler has coauthored close to two hundred articles and coauthored or edited nine books, including Community Organizing and Community Building for Health and Welfare (Rutgers, 2012).