Written by Kim Furlow, communications manager for the Institute for Public Health
Collaboration is essential for developing community-driven research and effective solutions that advance community health and health equity. The Center for the Community Health Partnership and Research at the Institute for Public Health and its university partner, the Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences, have developed a one-page tool to offer resources for collaboration that will “benefit both scientific discovery and the needs of the community”.
The new tool comes in the form of a printable one-page resource that offers tips on:
- Building a foundation in community-engaged research through co-learning
- Identifying key partners and designing locally relevant research
- Developing collaborative partnerships to improve health equity
“Our goal in developing this tool is to increase awareness of and create easy access to the resources that support community-engaged research across the campuses of Washington University in St. Louis,” said Vetta Sanders Thompson, the E. Desmond Lee Professor of Racial and Ethnic Diversity at the Brown School and co-director of the Center for Community Health Partnership and Research.
The new one-page tool offers researchers information on materials, events, networking opportunities and key connections to help amplify their work. Community organizations looking to expand or build impactful programs can use the tool to connect with researchers and advisors with strong ties to the community from whom they can receive feedback. All can benefit from the list of collaborative partnerships to improve health equity, as sustainable, equitable partnerships help breathe life into an organization and its work.
The Center for Community Health Partnership & Research at the Institute for Public Health and Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences fosters community-academic partnerships, communication and research in the region to reduce disparities and improve health and wellness.