- •establishing trust and rapport with community residents who are markedly different from the university-based research team;
- •working with communities to recruit from a specified sampling frame and to minimize attrition across the life course of a study;
- •adapting data collection protocol and instruments to culturally appropriate and reliable measures of dietary and environmental exposures;
- •accommodating logistics-related challenges of study participants (eg, family, social, employment conflicts, and transportation challenges) to acknowledge the time commitment, minimize attrition, and complete timely and comprehensive assessments; and
- •capturing contextual factors for understanding food- and health-related behaviors.
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FUNDING/SUPPORT This research was supported in part with funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (grant no. 5P20MD002295) and by Cooperative Agreement No. 1U48DP001924 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Prevention Research Centers Program through the Core Research Project and Special Interest Project Nutrition and Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation Network. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH and CDC.
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