Community-Engaged Health Research Core

Welcome to InCHIP’s Community-Engaged Health Research Core! 

What is Community-Engaged Research?

Community-engaged research, while not explicitly a methodological approach onto itself, is a framework for conducting research. This framework emphasizes the importance of partnerships between researchers and community members that is grounded in the views, consideration, and cooperation of the community in which the research is taking place.The major tenant of community-engaged research is that the community is involved in the research taking place within their community in a meaningful way.

Why Community-Engaged Health Research?

Community-engaged health research has the unique ability to address complex health disparities by examining health problems within the context of people’s everyday life and by considering the interrelated and complex aspects of individual’s lives. By engaging with communities that experience those health disparities, researchers are better able to understand the full context of a health problem and in turn offer grounded mechanisms for health improvement.

Description

The goals of the Community-Engaged Health Research Core (CEHRC) are to:

    • Bring together university and community partners to facilitate innovative and translational community-engaged health research that is mutually beneficial.
    • Provide services and resources to support successful university-community partnerships and the development and implementation of community-engaged research studies that improve community health and healthcare.

Community-Engaged Health Research Core Structure

The Community-Engaged Health Research Core (CEHRC) is headed by InCHIP Associate Director Deborah H. Cornman, PhD. Debbie is a clinical psychologist and health behavior specialist who has been conducting community-engaged research for over 20 years both nationally and internationally. She has worked in collaboration with communities in Ethiopia, India, Mozambique, South Africa, Uganda, and the U.S. on the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs that support healthy behavior (e.g., gender-based violence prevention, HIV/STI prevention, medication adherence, reduction of risky behaviors).

The CEHRC Director works in collaboration with the CEHRC Steering Committee, which is comprised of UConn faculty and community partners with expertise in community-engaged research.

The work of the CEHRC is supported by InCHIP’s Boundary Spanners. To access the services offered by the Community-Engaged Health Research Core please email:boundaryspanners@chip.uconn.edu

Services

The Community-Engaged Health Research Core (CEHRC) provides a range of services, including:

    • Identifying a UConn and/or community partner(s) with whom to collaborate on a research project.
    • Identifying relevant funding opportunities / mechanisms.
    • Helping to build a UConn researcher’s capacity for community-engaged research.
    • Helping to build the research capacity of a community partner who is working collaboratively with a UConn researcher.
    • Identifying a UConn Expert and/or Community Expert to provide input/feedback on:
      • A research concept
      • Study feasibility
      • Methodology
      • Recruitment strategies
      • Potential barriers to enrollment
      • Methodology
      • Assisting with dissemination of research findings into the community.

       

    • Facilitating the development of a successful university-community partnership.
    • Assisting with dissemination of research findings into the community

    To access the services offered by the Community-Engaged Health Research Core, please email:boundary.spanners@uconn.edu

    InCHIP’s other Cores also offer services relevant to UConn researchers and their community partners,including:

    Biostatistics and Methodology Core: offers connections to statistical expertise.

    Intervention Core: connects researchers to expertise and support in the design, implementation, evaluation,and dissemination of innovative behavioral interventions.

    Training and Development Core:Training, mentorship, research team development, and assistance with grant proposal writing..

    Please see each Core website for more details on core services.

Experts

  • What is a UConn Expert? A UConn Expert is a UConn faculty member who has extensive experience conducting community-engaged research and who understands how to work collaboratively and effectively with community members and organizations.
  • What is a Community Expert? A Community Expert is an individual who has lived experience or possesses first-hand knowledge of a particular community or health issue. This person has experience working on research projects or a desire to learn about research. S/he also has the ability to provide constructive feedback and a willingness to be an advocate for his/her community. Community Experts can provide suggestions and feedback to help UConn researchers improve on their research projects.

If you would like to find a UConn Expert and/or Community Expert, please contact Grace Morris (grace.morris@uconn.edu) or Debbie Cornman (deborah.cornman@uconn.edu)

If you are interested in joining the Core as an Expert, please contact Grace Morris (grace.morris@uconn.edu)

Upcoming Events

InCHIP’s Community-Engaged Health Research Core is very excited to announce that we will be offering a workshop on Cross-Cultural and Diversity Inclusiveness for Researchers.

The training will take place on:

Thursday May 18th 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM in Room 204 of the Ryan Building at UConn Storrs.
Breakfast will be provided at 8:30 AM (vegetarian/vegan and gluten free options included)
Due to the interactive nature of this event, the workshop is limited to 23 people. Reservations are required, so SIGN UP NOW!
This training will help each of us examine our own attitudes and assumptions about individuals and communities who have identities, experiences, and beliefs different from our own. And it will expand the skills that we need to effectively work together with individuals and communities on addressing important public health issues through research.

We are very excited that this training will be provided by Grace Damio, MS CD/N, who is the Director of Research and Training at the Hispanic Health Council In Hartford. She has extensive experience conducting this training, and she has worked for many years with University researchers and with communities in Hartford.

The Hispanic Health Council’s Cross-Cultural & Diversity Inclusiveness (CC&DI) Training Program was established in 2003, and has since been tailored to train over 2,000 participants of diverse backgrounds. In 2013-2014, HHC partnered with the Connecticut Hospital Association, St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, University of Connecticut Health Center, The Hospital of Central Connecticut, State of Connecticut Department of Education/Support for Pregnant and Parenting Teens Program, and CT-RI Public Health Training Center at Yale School of Public Health, to train over 500 participants.

Click Here to RSVP!

Please click here for directions to the Ryan building.

Resources

 From the NIH

  • The Guiding Principles of Community-Engagement were developed by a committee that consists of representatives from the NIH, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The second edition serves as a guide for students, faculty, and community members for understanding the principles of community engagement in health promotion and research.

 Cultural Competency

 University Centers and Institutes working in Community-Engaged Research

 Community-Based and Non-Profit Resources

  • Community-Campus Partnerships for Health is a non-profit organization aimed at promoting health equity and social justice through community-university partnerships. This site offers a multitude of resources including toolkits, training, conferences, listservs, and more.
  • CES4Health.info is a free online mechanism for peer-reviewing, publishing, and disseminating products of health-related community-engaged scholarship that are in forms other than journal articles (e.g., videos, websites, manuals, curricula, interview guides, and more). On this website, you will find high quality tools and resources that can be directly downloaded or obtained from the author, typically free-of-charge. All products posted on CES4Health.info have been reviewed and recommended by expert academic and community reviewers. There are Participating researchers from universities include Ohio State University, City College of New York, UCLA, as well as well as a number of other research institutions.
  • Research Toolkit: Formally known as PRIMER and developed by researchers at the University of Washington’s Institute for Translational Health Sciences, this website serves as a guide for community-engaged research that engages with the user at each stage of research and interaction with communities.
  • Everyday Democracy: Topical Resources Everyday Democracy has an amazing number of topical resources useful for community organizations as they develop tactics, outreach, and action development for many of the major social problems that impact society.
  • Everyday Democracy: Developing community-wide dialogues for Action and Change Everyday Democracy ( a local CT group turned national organization) has some great resources, including this guide which offers a comprehensive strategy to develop study-circle programs that engage multiple stakeholders within the community.

 Academic Articles on Community-Engaged Health Research

 From the NIH &CDC

 Cultural Competency

 University Centers and Institutes working in Community-Engaged Research

 Community-Based and Non-Profit Resources

  • Community-Campus Partnerships for Health is a non-profit organization aimed at promoting health equity and social justice through community-university partnerships. This site offers a multitude of resources including toolkits, training, conferences, listservs, and more.
  • CES4Health.info is a free online mechanism for peer-reviewing, publishing, and disseminating products of health-related community-engaged scholarship that are in forms other than journal articles (e.g., videos, websites, manuals, curricula, interview guides, and more). On this website you will find high quality tools and resources that can be directly downloaded or obtained from the author, typically free-of-charge. All products posted on CES4Health.info have been reviewed and recommended by expert academic and community reviewers. There are Participating researchers from universities include Ohio State University, City College of New York, UCLA, as well as well as a number of other research institutions.
  • Research Toolkit: Formally known as PRIMER and developed by researchers at the University of Washington’s Institute for Translational Health Sciences, this website serves as a guide for community-engaged research that engages with the user at each stage of research and interaction with communities.
  • Everyday Democracy: Topical Resources Everyday Democracy has an amazing number of topical resources useful for community organizations as they develop tactics, outreach, and action development for many of the major social problems that impact society.
  • Everyday Democracy: Developing community-wide dialogues for Action and Change Everyday Democracy ( a local CT group turned national organization) has some great resources, including this guide which offers a comprehensive strategy to develop study-circle programs that engage multiple stakeholders within the community.

 Academic Articles on Community-Engaged Health Research