TRI’s Community Engagement Team is dedicated to finding new and innovative ways to help foster partnerships between researchers and community organizations.
Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Scholars Program
The CBPR Scholars Program’s goal is to increase community partnered research at UAMS to better serve the research needs of the Arkansas community and ultimately to reduce health disparities in Arkansas. The program provides training and targeted grant opportunities for new CBPR partnerships (consisting of both academic and community partners).
The Community Partners Educated as Arkansas Research Leaders (CPEARL) Program is a 1-year leadership development training program, beginning with a 6-week intensive, in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH). The CPEARL program targets leaders and emerging leaders within community-based organizations (CBOs) located in Arkansas. This program is designed to enhance research partnership and program development competencies within CBOs.
Community Scientist Academy (CSA)
The Translational Research Institute established the UAMS Community Scientist Academy to help demystify UAMS research for local citizens and to better prepare them for important volunteer research roles. Volunteers are needed in a variety of capacities, including steering committees, mentoring committees, review committees, research projects, and in other leadership capacities.