About Community and Stakeholder 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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