National Institute of Health via Colorado Clinical Translational Science Institute (CCTSI); The CCTSI Community Engagement Core is supported by NIH/NCRR Colorado CTSI Grant Number UL1 RR025780.
The Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI) is a collaborative enterprise between University of Colorado Denver, University of Colorado at Boulder, six affiliated hospitals and health care organizations, and multiple community organizations with a goal to accelerate the translation of research discoveries into improved patient care and public health. The CCTSI was created in 2008 with funding from the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) initiative of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Community Engagement is critical to increase the reach, effectiveness, adoption, implementation, and maintenance of clinical and translational research. Accordingly, the Community Engagement (CE) Core of the CCTSI endeavors to transform the existing community research infrastructure using community-based participatory research (CBPR) principles while building capacity in our community-academic partnerships. Our ultimate goal is to reduce health disparities in the Rocky Mountain Region through targeted investments in community translational research, followed by wider dissemination of successful practices. A dynamic Partnership of Academicians and Communities for Translation (PACT) guides the work of the CE Core while facilitating bidirectional exchange between communities and academic programs. The CE Core has engaged 20 existing community-academic partnerships in the PACT, which encompasses more than 4 million community members, including rural, minority and underserved populations.
While CFPHE manages all the funds that are going into the community for this program using our Administrative Partnership program, CFPHE also oversees a Community Research Liaison (CRL) Program. CRLs work in diverse communities in urban and rural Colorado. CRLs respectfully engage communities to address the needs of communities, partners, patients, and health providers in order to cultivate relationships between academic researchers and individuals within a population and subpopulations so that they can identify community health priorities and design locally relevant studies that address real community, partner, patient and health provider needs.