237945 Community engagement in the CTSAs: An analysis of grant application plans

Monday, October 31, 2011: 5:45 PM

Jessica Holzer, MA , Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
Nancy Kass, ScD , Berman Institute of Bioethics, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
Background: In 2005, the NIH announced a funding mechanism, the Clinical and Translational Science Award Program (CTSA), which focuses on facilitating the transfer of research-generated knowledge from the bench to the bedside to the community. Among other things, grant funding is dependent on an institution's plans for community engagement (CE). This strategy of institution-wide engagement, rather than project-specific CE, represents a shift in paradigm and may offer innovative models for CE. Methods: This project draws themes across all funded CTSA grant submissions' from 2005 and 2010 renewals from community engagement sections. Using qualitative content analysis, applications were coded according to: partner communities; structures, processes and strategies for engagement; and goals for CE. We compare each institution's 2005 and 2010 applications and review the corresponding NIH Requests For Applications to understand the relationship between the language of the RFAs and the applications. Results: Results will be presented on the key types of communities highlighted thru CE sections, the key strategies for engagement institutions have used, and the types of supports and challenges encountered. The degree to which plans are modified in response to experiences also will be documented. Additionally, innovation in the structures, processes and strategies for CE at the institution will be presented. Conclusion: This study is among the first to systematically describe CE within the CTSAs. The potential for innovation within the program is high, and the results of this study may point the way for future institution-community partnerships. In particular, the institution-community paradigm may increase sustainability of partnerships.

Learning Areas:
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
1) Describe the plans for community engagement proposed by institutions submitting grant applications for CTSA funding. 2) Compare the plans for engagement within the institution from the first application (2005) and the renewal application (2010). 3) Evaluate the plans for community engagement at the CTSAs.

Keywords: Community-Based Partnership, Research

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am conducting research on community engagement within the CTSA program, one phase of which examines the plans for engagement described in the grant applications from institutions. Research interests include ethics, engagements of communities in research, health communication and qualitative methodology.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.