New Publication Highlights CHC’s Community Engagement Core

An article recently published in a special issue of Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action describes the evolution of the Community Health Advocate (CHA) and STARS and STRIPES pipeline programs from separate, age-segregated programs to interconnected, multigenerational opportunities for promoting health equity. The article briefly provides an overview of the two programs … Continue reading New Publication Highlights CHC’s Community Engagement Core

Center for Healthy Communities Congratulates Dr. Bobbie Holt-Ragler

The Center for Healthy Communities is pleased at the news that Dr. Bobbie Holt-Ragler, a long-serving Community Health Advocate (CHA), will receive the Lillian B. Smith Award at the Annual Convention of the Alabama State Nurses Association (ASNA) in October. Named for a long serving executive director of the ASNA, the Lillian B. Smith Award … Continue reading Center for Healthy Communities Congratulates Dr. Bobbie Holt-Ragler

CAB Member Profile: Leevones Fisher

The Sentinel Surveillance to Monitor Progress toward Health Equity project aims to develop and implement a surveillance system to capture the information necessary to monitor progress towards health equity for health disparate populations. One key element of this project is the engagement of community members through a Community Advisory Board (CAB). Recently, Mrs. Leevones Fisher, … Continue reading CAB Member Profile: Leevones Fisher

Guide for Training Community Based Researchers

Recently, a the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Orgnaization (UNESCO) released the manual Training the Next Generation of Community Based researchers: A Guide for Trainers. An initiative of the UNESCO Chair in Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education, the guide focuses on community based research (CBR) as “an approach to co-creation … Continue reading Guide for Training Community Based Researchers

Developing the Methods for Your Questions

In this 4 minute YouTube video posted by the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Division of Community Engagement,researchers briefly describe their experience with using a participatory action research model to to study and address the issue of youth homeless in the Richmond, VA. One outcome of their approach was the development of relationships and alliances between … Continue reading Developing the Methods for Your Questions

Useful Resource: Guide for Developing Research Dissemination Plans

During the 2015-2016 academic year, several faculty members at Virginia Commonwealth University worked together in a Faculty Learning Community to explore using web-based platforms to disseminate research findings. The result is an online guide on research dissemination. The guide includes: Why create a dissemination plan? Example dissemination plans Dissemination Plan Template Resources

HDRG: Multidisciplinary Support for Engaging Community-Based Participatory Research

Addressing health disparities requires a broad understanding of the underlying causes as well as approaches to increasing health equity. Such understanding grows through the development of relationships and partnerships around specific issues and approaches. Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) offers opportunities for equitable relationships between community members and academic researchers to identify areas of research and … Continue reading HDRG: Multidisciplinary Support for Engaging Community-Based Participatory Research

Research to Make an Impact

The reduction of health inequities in minorities and economically deprived groups is an overarching societal goal. To that end, the Research Core, a division of the USA Center for Healthy Communities, seeks to expand the capacity and competence of the CHC’s Center of Excellence as a leader in research and dissemination of outcomes that address … Continue reading Research to Make an Impact

Why the future of social change belongs to community research

From the article on the OUPblog: People don’t exist as isolated entities, and social programs, movements, or data analytic methods that assume they do are not aligned with reality—and may be doomed to fail. We all know that providing therapy or tutoring to a child may be less effective than hoped if the child’s parents, … Continue reading Why the future of social change belongs to community research

Research Apprentices’ Presentation

In preparation for their upcoming formal presentation to  the 14th International Conference of the Community-Campus Partnerships for Health Research Apprentices Sherron Dortch, Valerie Grimes, and Carla Taylor together with Research Technician, Marcellus Hudson and Research Assistants, Lynette Parker and Andrea Hudson, spoke to members of the Health Disparities Research Group during the April meeting.  They provided the … Continue reading Research Apprentices’ Presentation