Blog 1: TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH FOR ANTENATAL STRESS IN ADOLESCENTS' CHILDBEARING: ENGAGEMENT, PRACTICE AND EVIDENCE
Partnerships are essential to addressing health disparities for adolescent’ parents and their families. The development of strategic and effective partnerships requires planning, but above all, it demands a high level of respect, humbleness, and recognition of the potential of contribution from all the parties involved. It is the researcher’s honesty to the inquiry process as well as the community-partner’s acknowledgement of its understanding of practice in the real-world setting that shall establish an honest foundation to engaging in partnership. According to Acosta (n.d.) partnerships are pivotal to “the translation of results into community-based practice (evidence-based practice), and to the integration of community knowledge, needs, and preferences into research (practice-based evidence)”. The interactions of community-engagement, practice-based evidence, and evidence-based practice generate a bridge for translational researchers; to achieving their purpose of addressing multi-leveled, transdisciplinary, and transformational knowledge to eliminate health disparities (Danka-Mullan et al., 2010). Though the use of these strategies, translational researchers position themselves to address complex needs, in a cost-effective manner, by using evidence-based practices and upstream approaches to practice (Hommel et al., 2010).
Author: Anayra Túa-López