Community-Engaged Health Research Services

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UConn Faculty-Community Partnership Services

InCHIP offers a variety of services to foster and support the development of equitable research partnerships between UConn researchers and community-based organizations that address important public health issues.

These services include:

  • Identifying possible community partners with whom to collaborate on a research project, such as Federally Qualified Health Centers in CT.  Learn more
  • Facilitating the development of a successful university-community collaboration that is equitable and mutually beneficial.
  • 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.
  • Providing structured opportunities for UConn faculty to meet with and solicit feedback from a panel of community experts on the planning, design, implementation, or dissemination of their research. These “Community Engagement Studios” are organized and facilitated by InCHIP and tailored to the specific needs of the researcher.  Learn more
  • Assisting with the dissemination of research findings into the community and on social media.

If you would like to find out more about these services, please contact InCHIP Director of Research Training & Development Grace Morris at

InCHIP Community Partnerships

InCHIP works closely with the CHCACT-UConn Research Collaborative and the Community Research Alliance to facilitate research collaborations between UConn faculty and community organizations.

CHCACT-UConn Research Collaborative

  • UConn and the Community Health Center Association of Connecticut (CHCACT) have partnered to create the CHCACT-UConn Research Collaborative. The goal of the Collaborative is to facilitate and support sustainable, collaborative, streamlined, and mutually beneficial research efforts between Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and UConn researchers.
  • There are 17 FQHCs (community health centers) in Connecticut that provide primary medical, dental, and behavioral health care to residents, regardless of their ability to pay. Each FQHC has multiple sites, and they serve nearly 400,000 patients across the State.
  • The Collaborative works with UConn researchers and community organizations to identify potential collaborators and build successful university-community teams.


Community Research Alliance

  • The Community Research Alliance (CRA) is “an alliance of community-based organizations and academic or other research partners that engage communities and organizations in equitable relationships to conduct research, evaluation, and associated activities that address and resolve health-related disparities.”
    • The CRA’s “Guidelines for Community Partnership Research” can be found here.
  • InCHIP works in partnership with the Community Research Alliance to facilitate collaborations between UConn researchers and community-based organizations to address priority public health issues.

Please contact Grace Morris at if you are interested in identifying one or more potential collaborators.


InCHIP Community Engagement Studios

  • A Community Engagement (CE) Studio is a consultative session where a UConn researcher can get input and guidance on their research from community experts (i.e., patients, caregivers, healthcare providers, community members, and other non-researcher stakeholders).
  • A panel of community stakeholders (whose characteristics are defined by the researcher) is recruited and assembled by InCHIP to provide feedback to the researcher to enhance the planning, design, implementation, translation, or dissemination of their research.
  • The CE Studio provides a quick way to gain stakeholder input at different stages of project development and implementation (e.g., study feasibility, intervention design, survey design, recruitment and retention strategies, translation of research findings into practice).
  • This is a free service provided by InCHIP at no cost to InCHIP Faculty Affiliates.
  • CE Studios do not require IRB approval.

Please contact Grace Morris at if you would like to learn more about Community Engagement Studios.