Together promoting Health and Resilience
through Interventions, Voice, & Equity
Health equity occurs when society actively removes barriers that disproportionately affect the health and well-being of particular individuals and groups so that everyone has a just and fair opportunity to be healthy. Dr. Briana Woods-Jaeger’s research is dedicated to promoting health equity through community engaged public health research and practice, with a particular emphasis on children and families of color who have experienced trauma and early adversity.
Dr. Woods-Jaeger and her team use a community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach that brings community voices to the table to identify and develop strategies that address community needs and build on existing strengths. We aim to promote health equity through an innovative program of research systematically designed to mitigate health inequities through collaborative, culturally responsive and strengths-based interventions.
Our Guiding Priniciples
Capacity building: The process by which individuals, communities, organizations, institutions and societies develop abilities to perform functions, solve problems and set and achieve objectives.
Sustainability: Maintaining partnerships and health benefits of a program over time.
Cultural humility: Incorporates a lifelong commitment to learning and self-critique, to mitigating power imbalances, and to advocating for institutional change in partnership with diverse communities.
Systems thinking: An approach to problem solving by viewing “problems” as parts of an overall system rather than reacting to specific parts, outcomes or events in isolation.
Social justice foundation: Improving the social determinants of health that impact health negatively so that all individuals are given an equal opportunity to achieve excellent health.
Reciprocity and accountability: Valuing partnership in which all parties are responsible for their own actions and mutually held to a high standard in order to achieve shared goals and objectives.
Community-based participatory research: Research that equitably involves community partners throughout the research process with an emphasis on both building knowledge and directly improving the community’s health and well-being.