Youth Participatory Action Research


Kim Harley, PhD, MPH
Wallace Center faculty, in collaboration with The Center for Environmental Research and Children's Health (CERCH), have partnered with community organizations to engage local teens in multi-year, youth participatory action research (YPAR) projects centered on sensors, wearables, and other novel research technologies for measuring environmental exposures to women, youth, and families. By using the YPAR framework, the projects strive to familiarize youth with study design and implementation, environmental justice issues, and practical applications of research findings, while also helping them develop professional skills and create meaningful change in their communities. At the same time, the youth provide insight on the health priorities and everyday realities of their communities, helping inform study design, implementation and results dissemination and creating new opportunities for researcher-community dialogue.

Project resources

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