The Community Health Engagement Program (CHEP) of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) received an award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) for collaborative community engagement research. The Advancing Community Engagement Supplement (ACES) has two principal aims. First, it will develop, implement and disseminate a process for engaging communities in all phases of clinical and translational research. Second, it will develop and disseminate a set of resources or tools that will help existing and future CTSIs to facilitate participatory research with their community partners. In order to achieve those aims, leveraging existing relationships with a large network of community partners throughout Indiana and involving experts from multiple CTSA programs will be utilized. Several conference calls have already been held with the consultants and a face to face meeting was held on October 30, 2009 in Indianapolis.
The 10 institutions involved are: Morehouse University, University of Chicago, University of Colorado, Weill Cornell, University of North Carolina, Northwestern University, Washington University in St. Louis, Duke University, University of Minnesota, University of Michigan and University of California at Davis. A rich series of discussions were held related to how best to build the infrastructure of resources needed. The finished toolkit will be available in 2011.
Carol Boushey and Donna Vandergraff represent Purdue as part of this initiative.
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