I’ll be in Tallahassee, FL, for a two-day introduction to Social Network Analysis at the Ethnographic Field School organized by Dr. Lance Gravlee, a University of Florida medical anthropologist. This is truly one of the best Community-Based Participatory Research projects I’ve ever come across, with an amazing network of collaborations and friendships between academic researchers and community members. I’m really happy to have the opportunity to contribute to this.
School participants are graduate students from anthropology, public health and other disciplines who learn about qualitative and quantitative research methods while doing hands-on research on the social and cultural context of racial inequalities in health. Students and faculty live and go to class in Frenchtown, the historical African-American neighborhood of Tallahassee. They work in close and everyday collaboration with community partners from the Health Equity Alliance of Tallahassee (HEAT) and, this year, with Tallahassee community garden associations such as iGrow. I’ve already spent a few days in Frenchtown and I’ve met incredibly bright and motivated students, and one of the most lively and active local communities I’ve ever seen in America.