Community Engagement & Collaboration Core
Community engagement and implementation science are essential to the successful translation of interventions and other healthcare advances implemented in community settings with the ultimate goal of improving health outcomes. CCTS has been a leader both locally and nationally in the engagement of community partners in all phases of the translational continuum, including serving as one of the hubs highlighted for its community engagement efforts in the 2013 Institute of Medicine report on the CTSA Program.
Given UIC's emphasis on diversity and our strength in promoting health equity, we also help advance the inclusion of diverse stakeholder groups in research teams. The shift towards more team-based, collaborative science requires a culture that values boundary-spanning research activities- in addition to training and resources- that prepare investigators to work productively within the framework of team science.
Our Community Engagement & Collaboration Core advises research teams on the critical importance of social determinants of health, embedded in cultural contexts, as major drivers of health outcomes. We infuse the principles of community engagement in all elements of the CCTS, ensuring that researchers actively consider cultural and contextual variables in their research designs and interventions and that staff are competent and comfortable in working with diverse populations. We also provide training to researchers, staff, community health workers, and other stakeholders to integrate community engagement and implementation science in research and disseminate findings in culturally-tailored and culturally-relevant ways. Finally, we work to foster collaborations across CTSA hubs and with the municipal public health sector.
Community Engagement Testimonial:
"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