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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.

Community Health Mini-Grant Program

These one-time grants of up to $1,000 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.

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 has the potential to transform the way the community and investigators work together. Learn more about Community Engagement Studios.

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.

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.

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.

Integrating Special Populations

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 about integrating special populations.

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.