Community Engagement Services


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Individual Community Engagement Consultations

Our team of experts directed by Drs. Matthews, Castillo, and Atkins provide one-to-one consultations services focusing on research methods, recruitment and retention plans, using culturally appropriate engagement strategies and identifying and overcoming barriers to participant engagement.   We also provide expanded services regarding evidence-based community engagement approaches to promote the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based health programs through the Dissemination and Implementation Research and Policy program.  

Community Engagement Advisory Board Consultation

As part our goal to build capacity for academic and community partners engaged in community-based research, the Community Engagement Advisory Board (CEAB) provides critical consultations and feedback to diverse groups of UIC faculty, pre- and post-doctoral students, community organizations, and trainees at other Chicago-area universities on their community-based research efforts. CEAB member affiliations are varied, including persons from UI Health, Rush University, Chicago Department of Health, Affinity Community Services, Project Brotherhood, Northwestern University, the American Osteopathic Association, the community-at-large, and guest experts when dealing with special research topics. Expertise includes, but is not limited to, racial/ethnic minority populations, low-income, and LGBT.

CEAB Consultation Testimonial:

"There was easily 20 persons around a U-shape table who interacted lively and emitted opinions, advice, feeling: all types of precious feedback. The merit of the CEAB consultation was to place our study in a larger context, and open our scientific minds to the far-reaching consequences."

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

Consultation Examples

CEAB consultations can focus on any number of research issues on which the investigator believes input from board members would be valuable. These may include, but are not limited to:

  • Recruitment and retention strategies for all types of human research studies
  • Feedback on promotional materials, questionnaires, surveys and interview guides
  • Review of recruitment materials and seeking advice on participant recruitment and retention rates of minority participants
  • Identification and connection with community partnerships to serve on advisory boards or to facilitate research
  • Identification of potential community resources
  • Review of research protocols with a community focus to seek advice on components involving community interaction
  • Modifications to measurement tools to make them culturally appropriate for specific ethnic groups
  • Strategies for integrating findings into community practice programs
  • Recommendations of appropriate means of disseminating information about research results and integrating finings into community practice and programs.

Investigators are encouraged to request CEAB consultations at least one month in advance. Consultations are usually 30-40 minutes, with two to three consultations occurring at each meeting. After the board meeting, CEAB feedback is provided to the investigator in a comprehensive memo to guide research endeavors going forward. We can also provide a letter of support for investigators of a current or future grant application who seek to utilize the Community Engagement Advisory Board as a resource within their ongoing or proposed research study.

2017 CEAB Meeting Schedule

May 3, 2017
June 1, 2017
September 6, 2017
October 5, 2017
November 1, 2017

All meetings are held from 9:00-11:00am in the College of Nursing, 845 S Damen Ave, Room 615.


People who use community engagement services also find the following links to be helpful:

UIC Institute for Health Research and Policy (IHRP)
UIC Office for the Protection of Research Subjects (OPRS)
US Department of Health and Human Services: Office for Human Research Protections
Campus and Community Partnerships for Health
The Chicago Community Research Map