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Community Engaged Research

In the following video, Nancy M. Bennett, M.D., M.S., and Director of the URMC Center for Community Health & Prevention, describes the Center and its connections to the Clinical & Translational Science Institute. Dr. Bennett provides examples of research-community partnerships supported by the Center, and lists types of support available to teams interested in community-engaged research.

Research Support

The Center for Community Health & Prevention facilitates access to a range of consultation services related to community-engaged research. Services are offered to ensure that investigators have support for both project development and to conduct studies in the community.

Guiding Principles

The following guiding principles for community-engaged research were developed by the University of Rochester Medical Center's Community Advisory Board and were approved in 2008. 

  • Long-term engagement
  • Mutual benefit
  • Mutual respect
  • Shared findings
  • Enhanced community capacity
  • Shared responsibility
  • Evidence-based
  • Collaborative from start to finish*
  • Responsive to community priorities and perspectives*

*These guidelines apply specifically to community-based participatory research.

Research Toolkit

This Research Toolkit is chock-full of helpful information and resources for researchers, clinical practitioners, and community members. Here, you'll find information about building collaborations, developing proposals, starting up a study, conducting and managing projects, disseminating and closing research, and resources for training.

Community-Engaged Research Training

The primary goals of Community-Engaged Research training programs are to educate investigators to:

  1. Engage more effectively with community organizations, agencies, and diverse population groups to identify research questions critical to the community and to improve methods to reflect community preferences;
  2. Develop more effective strategies for recruitment and retention of participants in clinical studies; and
  3. Improve the dissemination of information from health promotion interventions and/or clinical trials to increase the community’s knowledge of health promotion and disease prevention.

This training program will be hosted through Blackboard. If you would like access to the Community-Engaged Research Online Training, please contact Theresa Green, AA-C, M.B.A.

Community-Based Participatory Research Training Program

This training program aims to train University of Rochester researchers (faculty, trainees and students) and community members in community-engaged research using community-based participatory research (CBPR) principles. The course offers an introduction from basic CBPR principles, to communication, funding, and sustainability. Through the program, participants will form relationships and research teams to co-develop and submit proposals for the CBPR Pilot-to-Pipeline Awards. 

The program will run from November 2018 to April 2019. Sessions will take place Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 5 to 7:30 p.m at the Center for Community Health & Prevention. Contact Indrani Singh for more information.