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Community Engagement

The UR CTSI is dedicated to engaging the community at all stages of research. Community engagement helps health research address community needs and is a philosophy that supports partnership between community and academics to develop strategies that address those needs. At the UR CTSI, we train researchers and community members to work together and provide funding to support and advance these partnerships.


The Community-Based Participatory Research Training Program recently graduated its second cohort of students. The spring 2019 graduates formed three teams to develop and submit proposals for the UR CTSI’s Community-Based Participatory Research Pipeline-to-Pilot Award… and all three teams won.

Learn more about the graduates and their projects.

Guidelines & Training 

  • 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.
  • Community-Based Participatory Research Training Program
    In this free program, University of Rochester researchers and community members will learn how to conduct research that involves recipients of interventions in all phases of the research process. Learn more about the CBPR Training Program.

Funding & Awards

  • Community Health Mini-Grant Program
    These one-time grants of up to $2,000 support the development, reinforcement or evaluation of research partnerships between the University of Rochester and surrounding community. Learn more about the Mini-Grant Program.
  • Community-Based Participatory Research Pipeline Pilot Awards
    This $15,000 grant supports University of Rochester-community teams with experience conducting community-based participatory research, so they may compete for further pilot or external funding. Learn more about the CBPR Pipeline Pilot Awards.
  • 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


  • Community Engagement Consultations
    The UR CTSI and Center for Community Health & Prevention offer a variety of consultations services to ensure researchers have the support they need to develop and conduct studies in the community. Learn more about the consultations services.
  • Community Engagement Studios
    These studios provide a structured forum for researchers to gain valuable patient or community insight on their research and have the potential to transform the way the community and investigators work together. Learn more about Community Engagement Studios.
  • Integrating Special Populations Consultations
    The UR CTSI can help you integrate special populations – like those distinguished by race, ethnicity, language, disability, or socioeconomic status – into your research teams or health research studies. Learn about integrating special populations.

Centers & Committees

  • National Center for Deaf Health Research (NCDHR)
    This CDC-funded Prevention Research Center works with Deaf ASL users and people with acquired hearing loss to promote health and prevent disease using a community-based participatory research approach. Learn more about NCDHR.
  • Community Advisory Council
    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. Learn more about the Advisory Council.
  • Population Health Coordinating Committee
    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. Learn more about PHCC.