About Community Engagement

We work to improve the health of North Carolinians by building authentic partnerships between communities, researchers, and health care providers.

We seek to promote and support community-engaged approaches to clinical and translational research, boost public trust in health research, and build capacity for researchers and communities to engage in academic-community partnerships that ensure bi-directional communication and stakeholder input from conceptualization through dissemination.

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:

  • Facilitating engagement between UNC researchers and community partners across the state. Such partners include community-based organizations, health agencies, primary care practices and practice-based research networks, faith-based organizations, academic institutions, advocacy groups, professional associations, and community leaders
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  • Promoting novel approaches to engagement and implementation science, as well as providing technical assistance to investigators conducting dissemination and implementation science studies
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  • Training community, academic, and clinical audiences on best practices of community-engaged research, and building capacity among academic and community partners to conduct and participate in health-related research and initiatives
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