Community Engaged Research (NIH Roadmap

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The impact of health-related-research in the last half of a century led to substantial health improvements for the health patients and communities (IOM Report). Nonetheless, it takes a number of years for the benefits of research findings to translate to clinical practice and community setting. Therefore, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) created the “Roadmap for Medical Research” to address issues related to new pathways for scientific discover recommendations for research teams of the future, and suggestions to reengineer clinical research” (NIH Roadmap). Several key features on the Roadmap highlighted the importance of public-private partnerships and translational research (NIH Roadmap). Public-private partnerships promote research…show more content…
This is research has many forms and includes a multitude of partners with academic researchers, including academic medical centers like community members, community-based organizations, different institutes, and agencies. The goal is to build trusting bi-directional relationship that takes into consideration all partners while determining the research foci that improves health through research (CDC). Community-engaged research encompasses all aspects of research from development, implementation, data analysis and interpretation, and dissemination (CDC). This framework works in tandem with a variety of research study designs. The most recognized form is Community-based participatory research (CBPR).
CBPR is an equal partnership that builds on the strengths of the community and research team to ignite social change with the goal of improving health (CDC). Common features of CBPR are the focus of a specific geographic location, the use of shared-decision making process and the development of an advisory group with community members and researchers. This framework offers numerous benefits and barriers – (Review Brakefield
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Noboa-Ortega and colleagues give an overview of HIV/AIDS randomized controlled trial that used a CBPR framework. The manuscript contains lessons learned from a personalized HIV/AIDS prevention intervention trial for women who have sex with men to promote the use of art as a resource for negotiating safer sex. The paper by Diaz-Toro and collaborators focuses on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transexual & Transgender tobacco use. The community-engaged research team describes the development of a community designed Citizens Alliance to address issues related to tobacco cessation. Colon-Lopez and colleagues manuscript describes a sustainable partnership with Taller Salud, Inc. related to the creation of a culturally appropriate breast and cervical cancer intervention for women. The study team used lay health workers to maintain cultural awareness for intervention implementation. The last paper by XXX and colleagues, centers on XXX. The study
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