We work to improve the health of North Carolinians by building partnerships between communities, faculty and health care providers conducting clinical and translational research.

Community Academic Resources for Engaged Scholarship (CARES) seeks to ultimately transform the way that academic investigators and community members work together while boosting public trust in research.

We leverage UNC-Chapel Hill's extensive experience serving North Carolina communities and multiple existing community-based research efforts to create a unique program with interdisciplinary leadership and a focus on the following services:

  • Provide brief and on-going consultation on project development
  • Facilitate stakeholder engagement with community members, providers and investigators
  • Collaborate with primary care practices to improve healthcare delivery and patient outcomes
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  • Provide brief technical assistance to investigators conducting implementation science studies
  • Identify appropriate funding sources for implementation science research projects and review grant proposals
  • Find collaborators with implementation science expertise
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  • Train community, academic and clinical audiences on best practices for engaging in community-based research
  • Help community based organizations build capacity for participating in formal research studies
  • Assess organizational readiness to conduct research
  • Assist in recruiting participants for clinical trials, focus groups, surveys and other types of research
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View the 2016 CARES presentation (pdf)