Journal-Spg-2012 Community EngagementThe Community Engagement (CE) component of the Translational Research Institute (TRI) fosters collaborative partnerships among stakeholder communities that are vital to translational research. We have adopted CDC’s definition of community engagement (CE) used by the Institute of Medicine in its report on the CTSA program, which 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 well-being of those people.”[1]

The TRI CE program currently supports engagement of community stakeholders by providing infrastructural support for CE activities and by providing services to investigators and communities.

The TRI CE team (below) works closely with the Office of Community-Based Public Health at the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health in Little Rock, AR and the UAMS Office of Community Health and Research, and Center for Pacific Islander Health, both located at the UAMS Northwest Campus in Fayetteville, AR.

[1]   IOM (Institute of Medicine). 2013. The CTSA Program at NIH: Opportunities for advancing clinical and translational research. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.