Community Engagement Program
Community Engagement enhancing health and reducing disparities in the community
The Community Engagement Program is dedicated to enhancing community health and reducing health disparities, particularly in the Appalachian region, through:
- Promotion of Researcher-Community Partnerships
- Promotion of Activities that Move Scientific Findings into the Community
- Promotion of Community Engagement in Research
Community engagement in research typically involves some degree of collaboration between researchers and the community in the research process (click here to learn more about what community engagement projects might look like). It is also important to highlight the need for trusting researcher-community relationships and attention to community needs and perspectives in all research.
Below you will find resources for community members interested in learning more about research, researchers, contributing to the research mission as a research participant, or community engagement in research.
Please contact Madu Sarkar, PhD, for more information.
Information about Health, Research, and Community Engagement
Non-profit health website created by Case Western Reserve University, The Ohio State University, and University of Cincinnati; features a “Research Center”.
- Michael J. Fox: We are all the ‘Department of Cures’
Mr. Fox discusses the importance of researchers and the community working together.
- Principles of Community Engagement (2nd ed.)
Introduced in 2011 by the National Institutes of Health National Center for Research Resources; provides theoretical framework and practical guidance for engaging partners.
- Community Campus Partnerships for Health
Non-profit organization promoting community/academic partnerships; Provides educational resources discussing community-based participatory research.
Learn More about Participating in Research
- OSU CCTS Community Participation
Learn what it means to participate in research and how to get connected
Behind the Research: Researchers Share their Stories
- Laureen Smith, PhD: Combating Childhood Obesity in Appalachian Ohio
Smith discusses her work, background, and motivations
Community Engagement Training
- Family Health International Research Ethics Training Curriculum
Designed to educate community representatives about their roles and responsibilities in research projects.
- Developing and Sustaining Community-Based Participatory Research Partnerships: A Skill-Building Curriculum
Includes examples, exercises, and samples; can be used to develop partnerships, conduct trainings for researchers or community partners, or for self-study.
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