Program In Community-Engaged Research

Improving research through engagement. Improving engagement through research.

The Program in Community-Engaged Research (PCER) works to improve community and population health through promoting and facilitating community-relevant and engaged research. The program provides services to support and facilitate collaboration among community members, representatives of community organizations, providers, investigators and research teams. Support includes:     

  • Consultations
  • Workshops and Trainings
  • Speakers Bureau 
  • Fellowships
  • Funding   
  • Science Outreach

Community-Engaged Research

Community-engaged research is a framework or approach for conducting research, not a methodology in and of itself. It requires partnership development, ongoing cooperation and negotiation, and commitment to addressing local issues of concern, most often health, among community members, representatives of community organizations, providers, and investigators and research teams.

Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR)

CBPR is a collaborative research approach that is designed to ensure and establish participation by affected communities, representation from community organizations, and  investigators and
research teans in all aspects of the research process. CBPR emphasizes:

  1. Co-learning about issues of concern
  2. Reciprocal transfer of expertise
  3. Sharing of decision-making power
  4. Mutual ownership of the products and processes of research

The end result is incorporating the knowledge gained to improve the health and well-being of communities and populations. When conducted authentically, community-engaged research can promote health equity and reduce health care disparities.

The PCER Process

 PCE's Process: Consultation, Facilitation, Partnership, Dissemination 

Consultation Services

We assist representatives from community organizations, providers, and investigators and research teams to: 
  • Broker and develop new research collaborations 
  • Design, implement, and evaluate community-engaged research projects 
  • Disseminate research to diverse audiences

Community Stakeholder Advisory Committee

Comprised of community and academic representatives, the Community Stakeholder Advisory Committee guides the entire Clinical and Translational Science Institute, as well as the Program in Community-Engaged Research, by setting priorities, developing authentic community partnerships, and designing and implementing effective community-engaged research designed to improve community and population health.

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Program Leadership

PCER is made of up the following collaborators: