…to achieve health equity and social justice

CCPH is a recognized leader in authentic partnership development, service-learning, Community-Based Participatory Research methods, community engagement, and leadership development for academicians in promotion and tenure.

CCPH Leading in Action:
Community Network for Research Equity and Impact (CNREI)

The Need

Community engagement in research is essential to understanding
and addressing racial, ethnic, linguistic and socioeconomic disparities in health. Research funding agencies are supporting faculty members and academic institutions to engage communities as partners in conducting research. Often missing from these investments, however, is the support for research capacity and infrastructure that is vitally needed in communities. As more community organizations enter into research partnerships with institutions as well as initiate and conduct research, it is clear they need funding and research resources as well as supportive networks for professional development, mentoring and advocacy.

The Catalyst

Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) and the Center for Community Health Education Research and Service (CCHERS) obtained funding from the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) to host National Community Partner Forums on CommunityEngaged Health.  The inaugural forum in 2011 drew over 100 participants from across the U.S. who quickly came together around an agenda for change.  Attendees discussed strategies to ensure that community engagement in research included:

  • Shared power in decisions made about research
  • Capacity and infrastructure to engage as equal research partners with institutions and conduct their own research
  • Significant roles in building the capacity of academic institutions to engage and partner with communities

The Formation of the CNREI

In 2013, CCPH worked with its partners to form the Community Network for Research Equity and Impact (CNREI) to retain a focus on this important tenet in successfully engaging communities.

CNREI is a network for community partner professional development and peer support.  It’s mission is to ensure that communities have a significant voice in decisions about research practice and policy, are true partners in research, and fully benefit from the knowledge gained through research.