INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD
In order to ensure that our research is conducted to the highest ethical and scientific standards, Bienestar’s Department of Research and Evaluation utilizes the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Institutional Review Board (IRB) to review all of our research endeavors.
The IRB is comprised of an independent body of health professionals and community representatives that are responsible for assuring all research and systematic data collection abide by scientific, ethical and legal standards and regulations.
Through the IRB, Bienestar is able to ensure that all of our public health research:
- Respects the right of research subjects or participants to participate or not participate
- Keeps subject/participant information private and confidential
- Follows sound scientific methods and procedures
- Mitigates risk that is outweighed by the potential benefits to participants and/or society
The Public Health IRB is in turn part of a national system of IRBs (sometimes called “research ethics committees” or “human subjects protection programs”) required by the federal government for any institution or agency that receives federal funds for biomedical, public health or social scientific research.
For more information on the Public Health IRB, please visit their website at: publichealth.lacounty.gov/irb/