The Program in Community Engagement (PCE) 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, community health care providers, and research scientists. Support includes:
- Speakers Bureau
Community-engaged research is a framework or approach for conducting research, not a methodology in and of itself. It is characterized by the principles that guide the research and the relationships between the community and scientists. Community-engaged research requires partnership development, ongoing cooperation and negotiation, and commitment to addressing local issues of concern, most often health.
Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR)
CBPR is a collaborative research approach that is designed to ensure and establish participation by affected communities, stakeholders of local organizations, and researchers in all aspects of the research process. CBPR emphasizes:
- Co-learning about issues of concern
- Reciprocal transfer of expertise
- Sharing of decision-making power
- 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 community members and populations. This approach is useful to communities and to address health care disparities in a variety of populations.
The NIH supports community-engaged research through seminars, training workshops, and increased funding opportunities.
- Broker and develop new research collaborations
- Design, implement, and evaluate community-engaged projects
- Disseminate research to diverse audiences
Stakeholder Advisory Committee
Comprised of community and academic representatives, the Stakeholder Advisory Committee guides the entire Clinical and Translational Science Institute, as well as the Program in Community Engagement, to set priorities, develop authentic community partnerships, and design and implement effective research strategies designed to improve community and population health.