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The Community Engagement Division of the Clinical and Translational Research Institute makes available various resources, each targeting a different audience.
For the Public
Community Engagement can assist members of the public who want to:
- find clinical trials that are seeking volunteers
- keep up with health research events, read a sampling of new research findings, or donate their money or ideas to CTRI
- better understand clinical research
- learn how to determine if a research study is good for them
||What is ResearchMatch?
It is a registry of volunteers willing to learn more about research studies. Research needs both volunteers and researchers. ResearchMatch helps bring these two groups together in a secure convenient way.
Training Course for Health Workers on Basics of Research
This workshop series introduces Community Health Workers (CHWs) to basic concepts in research involving human subjects, and prepares the CHWs to act as recruiters and/or interventionists. Click here for access to the workshop.
Community Engagement can assist physicians, nurses, therapists, and other clinicians and their administrators who are interested in:
- conducting research in their own practices
- learning about research studies that may benefit their patients
- reporting something they think should capture the interest and attention of a CTRI researcher
The CTRI Community Engagement Division partners with community-based organizations in various ways so that each partnership benefits the agencies, their clientele, and CTRI investigators. Benefits of the partnership may include:
- Community-based agencies influence the design, and sometimes even the purpose, of clinical research, so that it serves some of their needs or those of their clients.
- Community-based agencies bring the newest health-related innovations to their clientele,
- Community-based agencies can help to reduce health disparities by bringing research opportunities to clientele who have traditionally been under-represented in research.
- Some clinical trials offer free clinical services and medications to people without many choices in health care access.
Community Engagement often has interesting volunteer positions for undergraduates with different majors (e.g., pre-med and pre-dental, art, urban studies, business, psychology), for pharmacy and medical students, as well as residents, fellows, and trainees at other levels. The nature of the position varies with the level and interest of the trainee, but many are related to research assistance. We also offer consultation and courses in Community Engagement.
Investigators should contact Community Engagement for consultation on their research studies. Consultation is designed to:
- Guide investigators on how to enhance recruitment or retention
- Explore methodologies that help retain subjects
- Address health equity and health disparities in research design
- Introduce investigators or their research staff to a key community agency for their project (e.g., community clinics, health fairs, veterans' associations, and disease-specific organizations like the American Lung Association)
- Increase the chance that any knowledge, diagnostic, preventative, or therapeutic resulting from research will reach the community for which it was designed
- Courses are also available.
The CTRI has created the Participant Recruitment Center
to enhance participant recruitment for clinical trials by bringing together existing services and novel informatics platforms that consider participant preferences. This center is a collaboration of the CTRI Community Engagement and Biomedical Informatics units.