Here at the Clinical and Translational Science Institute's Community Engaged Research Initiative (CERI), Duke faculty and staff work with researchers and community members to develop relationships, improve research, and create better health outcomes in our communities, particularly for historically disadvantaged groups of people. This guide defines community engagement, offers principles and best practices, and answers frequently asked questions about community engagement.
Community engagement is “the process of working collaboratively with and through groups of people affiliated by geographic proximity, special interest, or similar situations to address issues affecting the wellbeing of those people. It is a powerful vehicle for bringing about environmental and behavioral changes that will improve the health of the community and its members. It often involves partnerships and coalitions that help mobilize resources and influence systems, change relationships among partners, and serve as catalysts for changing policies, programs, and practices”(CDC, 1997, p. 9).
• Brings community-identified health priorities and interests to research (including health inequities as relevant)
•Increases both academic and community capacity
Diagram Note: Outreach is a preparatory step that does not formally constitute community engagement.
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The CTSI Community Engaged Research Initiative (CERI) facilitates equitable, authentic, and robust community-engaged research to improve health. Contact CERI if you are a Duke researcher or community member who wants more information about community engagement, community-engaged research, or to access CERI's services, which include: consultation services and community studios; community partnerships and coalitions; and education and training.
For more information about the resources in this guide, contact Leatrice Martin (firstname.lastname@example.org).