239197 Community engagement: An essential component of CTSAs

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 11:30 AM

Elizabeth Reifsnider, PhD, APRN, BC , School of Nursing, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
Sharon Petronella, MS, PhD , Associate Professor: Department of Pediatrics (CEIID), University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
Background: Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) are transforming the conduct of research at health science centers and health science center universities. A required, key component of all CTSA applications and awards is a Community Engagement (CE) Core. This paper will describe how a CE Core was planned and implanted in a funded CTSA, and in what types of research it has been engaged. Methods: When a CTSA is planned, it is important to involve faculty researchers who have a track record in community-based research and have conducted community based participatory research (CBPR) if possible, as well as identified community partners. A community partner has generally been involved in working with researchers with identifying community problems that would benefit from clinical and/or translational research. The community partner contributes ideas for clinical research and participates in grant-writing as a sign of their commitment to the process of research collaboration while the university researchers are committed to including the contributions of the community partners in the collaborative process of grant writing. Results: Robust inclusion of a collaboratively planned Community Engagement Core will increase an application's chance of a positive review, and will allow for true adaptation of translational research at an institution. It will also lay a foundation for carrying out collaborative projects when grant receives funding. Conclusions: This paper will provide concrete examples of collaborative projects that were planned with our community partner, and how we have established our community engagement core to interact with our community and university research stakeholders.

Learning Areas:
Administration, management, leadership

Learning Objectives:
At the conclusion of the presentation, the learner will be able to identify how to build a powerful community engagment core for a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA).

Keywords: Community Involvement, Health Care Delivery

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the co-director of the Community Engagement Key Resource for the CTSA awarded to the University of Texas Medical Branch.
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.