The UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) Community Engagement (CE) unit was established to bring academic researchers and community members together and address high priority public health challenges through community-engaged research. Through annual Pilot Project awards to community engaged researchers, CE consultation services, and other activities, ACTRI CE invests in creating and sustaining effective, successful community academic partnerships necessary for improving access to care and health equity.
Community input often leads to improved quality and applicability of research and success of grant proposals. When practiced effectively, community-engaged research provides the structured support for community members to have a voice in the research process and the opportunity for research outcomes to be more relevant to their needs. In turn, researchers are afforded insight into the unique health needs and research barriers of special populations, learn how to develop advanced research questions, and understand how to work effectively and equally with community members.
CE consultations are available for faculty, postdocs, fellows, and graduate students interested in receiving feedback on a community-engaged research project, at any stage in the research process. Researchers often gain valuable experience by receiving professional support on a range of issues, including partnership strategies, dissemination, evaluation goals, and access to population-based datasets.
Thanks to ACTRI's aims and initiatives, your CE consultation is heavily subsidized. By submitting your request, you agree to provide feedback and a short evaluation of our services, providing the titles of manuscripts, or grants resulting from your consultation(s) upon request. Feedback includes, but is not limited to, learning if and how community partner(s) referred participated in grant funded research.