248989 What does infrastructure building look like to engage community partners in research?

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Patricia Piechowski, MPH, MSW , Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Kanchan Lota, MPH, CQIA , Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Carolyn Sampselle, PhD, ANP, FAAN , School of Nursing, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Lee Bell, AA , Neighborhood Round Table, Flint, MI
Karen Calhoun, MA , City Connect Detroit, Detroit, MI
Fran Talsma, MSW , Community Engagement, Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research, Ann Arbor, MI
Marie Watkins, LPN , Michigan Clinical Research Unit (MCRU), Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research, Ann Arbor, MI
Arlene Sparks, MPA , GCCARD, Flint, MI
E. Hill De Loney, MA , Flint Odyssey House-Health Awareness Center, Flint, MI
Marc Zimmerman, PhD , Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
In 2009, the NIH released a call for proposals to build sustainable community-linked infrastructure to enable health science research. The Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR) was funded to conduct the project entitled "Enhancing Community/Academic Clinical Research Collaboration." The project builds on existing strengths of MICHR's Community Engagement program to further coordinate and expand the research expertise of community partners in collaboration with three Clinical Research Associates (CRAs) rooted in three focal communities of Detroit, Flint, and Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor. The overall goals of the project are to: enhance capacity of community partners to engage in, contribute to and direct community-based research activities in an empowered and independent fashion; streamline and support the development of academic/community collaborations and strengthen the community benefit created by the collaborative research effort; and utilize CBPR principles to develop and refine stages of the research process for engaging partners and linking partnerships to outcomes and ultimately dissemination of best practices. The CRAs will organize and lead focus groups with community leaders and social service agency personnel to gain insight into solutions to barriers to community/researcher partnerships; assess community strengths and challenges to address training needs; and in collaboration with university scientists develop training modules to build capacity to conduct research. CRAs will actively participate in the development of community trainings and foster community/academic partnerships; develop methods to deliver and share training opportunities; and create a talent exchange/web portal to connect researchers with community partners. These efforts aim to build infrastructure to improve health research.

Learning Areas:
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Identify ways to build infrastructure to engage community partners in research Define what types of infrastructure community partners need to build capacity to partner in research

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: In my role as Clinical Research Liaison at MICHR, I work toward the development and sustainability of community-university partnership in health research.
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.