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Community Engagement and Outreach

 

"In every community, there is work to be done.
In every nation, there are wounds to heal.
In every heart, there is the power to do it."

Marianne Williamson 
 
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Aims

The WVCTSI has unique and nationally-recognized community-university partnerships for health that reach deep into West Virginia's communities. Yet, West Virginia has the highest percentage of citizens with chronic diseases and chronic disease risk factors in the US. The Institute’s Community Engagement and Outreach (CEO) Program eliminates the "disconnect" between our state's health disparities and the assets available to address those disparities. It serves as “the go to place” for conducting, and rapidly translating community-relevant research to improve the health and well-being of WV and beyond. The CDC-funded Prevention Research Center and Injury Control Research Center, and the NIH-funded Health Sciences and Technology Academy (HSTA) form the CEO. The Program underscores the significance of interactions among community members, healthcare providers, and researchers, and provides a single organizational structure for all constituents to access for guidance, support, and technical assistance for community engaged research.
 

The CEO vision is simple - research outcomes that improve real-life conditions. We achieve this through the following community-driven aims:

  • Aim #1 - Sustain ongoing mechanisms to ensure that community-identified health priorities shape and inform research agendas.
  • Aim #2 - Develop a centralized infrastructure for community-engaged research.
  • Aim #3 - Develop effective knowledge translation and dissemination strategies.


Initiatives

Practice Based Research Network Development – Practice-Based Research Networks (PBRNs) are groups of primary care clinicians and practices partnered with research entities (such as West Virginia University, the WV School of Osteopathic Medicine, and Charleston Area Medical Center) who work together to answer community-based healthcare questions and translate research findings into meaningful everyday practice. The effort is being lead by the Community Engagement Core of the West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute (WVCTSI), whose goal is to foster the growth of research from the laboratory to clinical practice in West Virginia. 

Community and Practice-Based Research Project Support -- CEO guides and sustains partnerships among clinicians, researchers, and community members in order to jointly identify and address community health needs. CEO works with a wide variety of partners including state, local and community groups. CEO also provides services and resources to improve practices and outcomes, access to care, self-management programs, partnerships between communities and researchers, and the overall health and well-being of West Virginians. 
 
Educational Resource Development – CEO is in the process of developing a series of educational materials related to community engagement and translational research.  New resources, including videos, handouts, articles, guides and more, will continually be added to this site.  Check back often for new materials.
 
Pilot Funding – The WVVCTSI Clinical & Translational Pilot Grants Program provides a mechanism for soliciting and awarding clinical, translational, and community engagement projects, from concept to competitiveness for external funding. The primary goal of the pilot funding mechanism in to increase the number of clinical and translational investigators who are positioned to secure extramurally funded investigations.  Current pilot funding opportunities can be found here.  


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