Use of Community-Based Participatory Research Methods in Adults' Health Assessment


Kristi L. Lewis, James Madison University, 700 Carrier Drive, Health & Human Services Building, MSC 4301, Harrisonburg, VA 22807. E-mail:


Since adults 18 to 64 years of age represent the fastest growing population, we conducted a community assessment to assess health status, chronic disease prevalence, health behaviors, utilization of health screenings, and access to health care. A total of 450 adults completed a 56-item assessment on quality of life. Prevalence of risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes were higher than Healthy People 2010 targets. Respondents reported poor health behaviors, such as a lack of physical activity. Data from this community assessment will be used for program development and to obtain funding.