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Community Perspectives on Research

This video, presented by The Ohio State University Prevention Research Center, shares the perspectives of community members involved with community-based research. | Watch the video

Health Literacy: Past, Present and Future: Workshop Summary

Ten years ago, there was a lack of recognition of health literacy as a foundational element for high-quality, patient-centered care. And there was no recognition of the importance of health literacy to improving population health. But in 2004, the Institute of Medicine released the report Health Literacy: A Prescription to End Confusion. In that same year the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) published a systematic review and analysis of evidence about the relationship between literacy and health outcomes and the effectiveness of interventions to mitigate the impact of low health literacy.  Over the past decade, understanding has evolved to the point where we now understand that health literacy is not just a function of individual skills and abilities, it also includes the demands and complexities of the systems with which individuals interact.  Health Literacy: Past, Present, and Future commemorates the 2004 release and features invited presentations and discussions of the progress made in the field of health literacy since that time, explores the current state of the field, and discusses possible directions for future health literacy efforts.  The full report can be accessed here.

Michael J. Fox: 'We are all the Department of Cures'

Op-Ed piece by Michael J. Fox, actor, author, and founder of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. The video discusses the importance of researchers and the community working together. | Read the Op-Ed piece

Researcher Shares Her Story

Community Researcher Laureen Smith, PhD, discusses her excitement for communities that have invested in better health for their families, friends, and neighbors, as well as some of the key problems facing communities and the interesting research that is addressing them. | Read more

Community Participation in Research Studies

Information for people interested in volunteering for research studies. Including resources for interested volunteers about how to get involved and videos that help to answer FAQ surrounding participation in clinical research studies. | Visit the CCTS Community Participation page


There are more than 85 institutions using ResearchMatch, which is an NIH sponsored volunteer registry designed to match researchers and study volunteers. | Visit ResearchMatch.org


An online tool which serves as a central repository of research studies that are seeking volunteers at The Ohio State University. | Visit StudySearch

Cancer Trials at OSU

Find cancer clinical trials at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center. | Visit Cancer Trials at OSU


An online registry of publicly and privately supported clinical studies of human participants conducted around the world. | Visit ClinicalTrials.org

Study Notes

A blog written by scientists, research study coordinators, and experienced research study volunteers designed to provide an inside look at what it is like to participate in a clinical research study. | Visit the Study Notes blog


An online disease dictionary that includes descriptions, causes, treatments, FAQ, and links for information about finding clinical trials. | Visit NetWellness.org

Developing and Sustaining Community-Based Participatory Research Partnerships: A Skill-Building Curriculum

This curriculum is designed to provide background knowledge and skills needed for community-based participatory research, which is needed for evidence-based practices. Topics include ground-work, funding, disseminating results, and sustainability. | Read more

Principles of Community Engagement

A theoretical framework and practical guide for engaging partners, principles, concepts, and models. | Read more

Community-Campus Partnerships for Health

Non-profit organization promoting community/academic parternships; provides educational resources discussing community-based participatory research. | Read more

Community Toolbox

Provides information on essential skills for building healthy communities. | Read more

Community Guide

Free resource to help identify programs and policies to improve health and prevent disease in your community. | Read more

CDC Stacks - CDC Institutional Repository

Free access to CDC-authored publications, including peer-reviewed journal articles, guidelines, recommendations, and more. | Read more

Public Health Law Program

Works with STLT public health departments and other partners to: identify public health law priorities and research laws that impact the public's health; analyze public health legal preparedness; conduct comparative analyses across jurisdictions; prepare guides, articles, reports, and toolkits; and develop and disseminate public health law curricula. | Read more

CDC Science Clips

Free, weekly digest featuring scientific articles to enhance awareness of scientific knowledge. | Read more

CDC Public Health Library and Information Center (PHLIC)

Provides a full range of information services and products in support of public health research, policy, and action. Although license restrictions limit online subscription access to CDC-affiliated users, several resources are avialable to support state and local health providers, including the Library Catalog. | Read more

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Resources for Researchers

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization located in Washington, DC. Congress authorized the establishment of PCORI in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. | PCORI Engagement Awards

Our mandate is to improve the quality and relevance of evidence available to help patients, caregivers, clinicians, employers, insurers, and policy makers make informed health decisions. Specifically, we fund comparative clinical effectiveness research, or CER, as well as support work that will improve the methods used to conduct such studies. Engagement in ResearchEngagement Rubric | PCORI Funded Projects: Sample Engagement Plans

Family Health International Research Ethics Training Curriculum

Designed to educate community representatives about their job responsibilites in research projects. | Read more

Practicing community-engaged research training module

Overview of the concepts and conduct of community-engaged research. Discusses the unique principles that guide the research and the relationships between researchers and the community; partnership development, cooperation and negotiation, collaboration with community partners, and a commitment to addressing local health issues. | Read more

Data source

Central Ohio data on employment, housing, income, population, public assistance, transportation, and more. Tools to map, graph and visualize data in many ways. View and compare data for specific geographic areas, including counties, cities, and zip codes in Franklin County, Ohio. | Visit Data Source

Data Sharing Guidelines for Community-Academic Partnerships

This resource was developed in response to an identified need for more developed guidelines for data sharing in community-academic partnerships. It contains best practices on data sharing, creating datasharing agreements, creating effective community-academic partnerships, key resources for the support of data sharing in community-academic partnerships, and more. | Get more from UC Denver CCTSI

Health Landscape

For paid subscribers - create custom maps and tables pf the health status in your community by showing populations at risk, health outcomes, and the distribution of health interventions. Especially useful for health researchers. | Visit Health Landscape

Online Analysis and Statistical Information System (OASIS)

Users are given access to public-release health and social science data for download or online statistical analysis. | Visit OASIS

Ohio Family Health Survey

Largest state-sponsored health survey in the United States. Survey questions cover health status, health care access and utilization, satisfaction, insurance status, and demographics. | Visit Ohio Family Health Survey

Research Ethics Training Curriculum

Research Ethics Training Curriculum has been developed for an international audience of researchers and Research Ethics Committee members who design and implement research that includes human participants, or conduct reviews of the ethical aspects of research. | Read more

Principles of Community Engagement

A theoretical framework and practical guide for engaging partners, principles, concepts, and models. | Read more

Community-Campus Partnerships for Health

Non-profit organization promoting community/academic parternships; provides educational resources discussing community-based participatory research. | Read more

Community Toolbox

Provides information on essential skills for building healthy communities. | Read more

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