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.