The Caregiving, Health and Work of Canadian Forces research project: Using community based research methods to influence family policy in the Canadian military

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The Caregiving, Health and Work of Canadian Forces Members (CHAW-CF) Research Program is an innovative collaboration between researchers, military members, and Department of National Defence stakeholders with an aim of developing policies and programs that lead to better health for military members and their families. In this paper, we present the framework for this alliance, discuss the origins and challenges of our collaboration, and reflect upon this “work-in-progress.” They offer their framework as a tool to help other researchers wishing to embark on community participatory research alliances with the military or other large organizations.