GHUCCTS Community

Enhancing the Health of Communities and the Nation

One of the goals of the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSAs) is to translate research into policies and practices that favorably impact the health of local communities and the nation.  To help achieve that goal the GHUCCTS Community Engagement program works to build partnerships between universities and the local community.  Community partnerships are vital to our mission of conducting research to improve the public’s health and reduce health disparities.

Increasing Diversity in Research

The Community Engagement and Research (CER) component seeks to enhance diversity in research.  By actively engaging communities as partners in research, CER helps to assure that individuals who take part in research represent the social, cultural, and linguistic diversity of the DC metropolitan area.  Our investigators come from many different cultural, ethnic, and linguistic backgrounds.  The diversity among our investigators brings a unique strength to GHUCCTS research.

Promoting Community-Centered Research

The goal of the CER program is to develop a program of community–centered research.  The CER component seeks to learn about the most important health concerns within local communities.  Open dialogues with community members help to identify the interests and needs of residents in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.  CER’s community engagement activities provide opportunities to learn from communities.  Tapping into the knowledge and expertise that exist within communities increases researchers’ understanding of local health issues.  Our community partnerships provide new perspectives that allow GHUCCTS research to better reflect the health interests, concerns, and priorities of the people who will ultimately benefit from new discoveries in disease prevention, treatment, and cure.  CER actively seeks opportunities to share the outcomes of GHUCCTS research and to keep communities informed about ongoing research activities.  CER welcomes opportunities to meet with members of local communities. 

This site will share resources to help build capacity for meaningful engagement of communities in research.

Our goal is to assure that community-based organizations and researchers can work together as equal partners to improve the ways that research translates into action.
​ We have selected a set of high-quality videos and feeds that provide brief, focused training about the scientific method and participatory research.  We hope that you will find these resources informative and useful.

Our goal is to provide practical tools that can be used to build a self-directed, tailored learning environment to equip members of the community and university faculty with the knowledge and skills needed to work together effectively for the common goal of improving health for all.

A Toolkit for Action explores how education, food access, stress, discrimination and access to health care are linked to the health and overall wellbeing of communities. The toolkit consists of a video, factsheets, activities, discussion questions, and additional resources about health. The toolkit also includes a facilitator guide for organizations and individuals who are interested in leading discussions in their communities.