Community Engagement

The Community Engagement program seeks to help investigators better connect with their study's target population, the general community, and other external stakeholders by providing high quality education, training, and consultation. Our evidence-based engagement approaches can support a broad range of clinical and community-based research studies by:

  • Improving investigator skills in effective and culturally competent communications about research opportunities, study objectives, and informed consent
  • Increasing outreach and engagement with disparity populations including racial/ethnic minorities, immigrants, LGBT, low-income, and rural communities
  • Supporting capacity building for academic and community partners to engage in community-based research and translational science, and
  • Disseminating best practice models to local and national partners.

Community Engagement Testimonial:

Mother and child in Pilsen neighborhood

"Although we always strive to put patients first, it was instrumental in my view to be reminded how patients see and feel about our approaches as scientists, and to learn real-life strategies to build trust through empathy and active listening."

- Drs. Anne Boullerne and Natalia Marangoni, Department of Anesthesiology

The Community Engagement program also aims to maintain linkages to and an active presence on key university and community boards and work-groups with complementary goals, as well as participate in the design and development of initiatives of mutual interest, such as Healthy Cities Collaborative.