Skip to main content

Community Engagement

The UR CTSI is dedicated to engaging the community at all stages of research to identify needs, establish research partnerships, and develop strategies to meet those needs. We train researchers and community members to work together and provide funding to support and advance these partnerships.


Find Funding

Grants and awards for various stages of research


Search Services & Support

Research services, support programs, and robust consultation.


Browse Education & Career

Degree programs, training, and skills development for trainees, researchers, and staff

Teams & Programs

Community Advisory Council

Learn More

This council represents the voice of the community to guide and support education, research, patient care and community health efforts at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Population Health Coordinating Committee

Learn More

This interdisciplinary group collaborates with clinical and community service programs across the university to advance research and education programs in population health and community engagement.

Community Engagement Function Team

John Cullen, Ph.D., Community Engagement Function Leader, Professor in the UR CTSI and Center for Community Health & Prevention, Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the UR CTSI and Associate Director in the Susan B. Anthony Center

Theresa Green, Ph.D., M.B.A., Community Engagement Education Coordinator and Director of Community Health Policy and Education

Kathleen Holt, Ph.D., Community Engagement  Senior Scientist

Silvia Sorensen, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Human Development in the Warner School of Education, Center for Community Health & Prevention and the Department of Ophthalmology

Laura Sugarwala, M.B.A., R.D.Director of Community Health Partnerships at the Center for Community Health & Prevention

Edith Williams, MS, PhD, in her UR CTSI office

Research Spotlight

URMC Taps Edith Williams to Lead the Center for Community Health & Prevention

Edith Williams, MS, PhD, who joined the UR CTSI as the founding director of the Office of Health Equity Research in 2022, has been tapped by URMC CEO Mark Taubman, MD, to serve as the next director of the Center for Community Health & Prevention. As she takes on her new role, she will continue to oversee the Office, which was established as part of URMC’s Equity and Anti-Racism Action Plan.

Read full story

Other Opportunities

Community Engagement in Research and Population Health Online Course

Explore the importance of engaging community as researchers, educators and managers to improve the health of the population. In this free, online course, participants will learn about the changing health system landscape, how delivery systems work together to plan health improvement, and how effective community-based participation in research and intervention is crucial to develop effective solutions. Visit Coursera to enroll.

Satcher Community Health Improvement Awards

The Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Awards recognizes URMC faculty and staff for significant contributions to the health of the community through research, teaching, practice, and/or service programs. Learn more about the Satcher Awards


Health Equity Research Priorities

In 2021, members of the UR CTSI worked with community partners to identify five top priority health issues and inequities impacting the Rochester and Finger Lakes region. Our goal is to address each of these issues through focused research.

Review the Priorities

Guiding Principles

The Guiding Principles for Community-Engaged Research were developed by the University of Rochester Medical Center's Community Advisory Board and were approved in 2008.