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Depression Research and Treatment
Volume 2012, Article ID 257858, 9 pages
Research Article

Building a Community-Academic Partnership: Implementing a Community-Based Trial of Telephone Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Rural Latinos

1School of Social Work, University of Washington, 4101 15th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA 98105, USA
2West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center and David Geffen School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA
3Rand Corporation, 1776 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3208, USA
4Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic, Behavioral Health Services, 918 E. Mead, Yakima, WA 98902, USA
5Center for Health Studies, Group Health Cooperative Research Department, 1730 Minor Avenue, Suite 1600, Seattle, WA 98101, USA

Received 25 June 2012; Accepted 21 August 2012

Academic Editor: Mark S. Bauer

Copyright © 2012 Eugene Aisenberg et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Concerns about the appropriate use of EBP with ethnic minority clients and the ability of community agencies to implement and sustain EBP persist and emphasize the need for community-academic research partnerships that can be used to develop, adapt, and test culturally responsive EBP in community settings. In this paper, we describe the processes of developing a community-academic partnership that implemented and pilot tested an evidence-based telephone cognitive behavioral therapy program. Originally demonstrated to be effective for urban, middle-income, English-speaking primary care patients with major depression, the program was adapted and pilot tested for use with rural, uninsured, low-income, Latino (primarily Spanish-speaking) primary care patients with major depressive disorder in a primary care site in a community health center in rural Eastern Washington. The values of community-based participatory research and community-partnered participatory research informed each phase of this randomized clinical trial and the development of a community-academic partnership. Information regarding this partnership may guide future community practice, research, implementation, and workforce development efforts to address mental health disparities by implementing culturally tailored EBP in underserved communities.