ProjectMED: Eyes on the Future
Intro: Capacity Building for CE Translational Science
Community and Academic researchers working together with the strengths of each group. Building capacity in the community to perform scientific research and building capacity among scientists to better understand the needs of the community are critical steps in improving the overall health of our communities.
Overlap between Basic, Clinical, and CEnR
The role of the relationship between academic and community partners is important to ensuring that basic and clinical research efforts can be bridged into community research and applied interventions to improve health.
Role of Community Embedded Research Translationist
Trust between the community and academic partners is key to creating the environment for translational science to occur.
Community Engagement in Study Design
Community involvement in defining problems of mutual interest and conceptualizing the study is key to ensuring that research is relevant to community priorities. Involving the community only after a grant has been funded is not an effective engagement practice.
Researchers & Non-Academics Work Together, as a Team
T4 (Community) translational science works best when investigators involve the community as part of the research team and are willing to learn from the expertise of non-academics in tailoring research questions and interventions.
Research with Difficult to Reach Populations
Work with community in planning research study to get buy in, will lead to greater success in the project, culturally appropriate modifications to research design, and improved access to potential participants.
Decision Making in Community Engagement Partnerships
Strong relationships make for easier decision making with the best outcomes that can be achieved.
Healthy Latino Families Study, a Community Based Intervention
An Example of An Effective, Community Based Intervention
Linking comparative effectiveness research (CER) to community engagement in research (CEnR) is an area of increasing focus for many researchers. The Healthy Latino Families study was conducted at the United Community Center in Milwaukee and reported better outcomes for this intervention than prior research, showing the importance of community and cultural adaptations of interventions to ensure effectiveness in “real world” applications.