Successful translation of science into improved population health requires community support and involvement at all levels – volunteers participating in clinical trials, community leaders being woven into decision-making processes, and community-based organizations and the scientific community working together to push for better health policy.
CTSI-CN actively engages the community in research through long-term, bi-directional partnerships with clinical and community organizations in the Washington, DC, area. Our experts offer guidance and resources to help our investigators employ scientific processes that are equitable and designed to lead to sustainable changes in community health.
- Science Cafes: Casual gatherings designed to promote open dialogue between researchers, community members, and social scientists. Researchers demystify what they do, how they do it, and why they think it will help local residents. Community members probe, debate, and share ideas that come from living the experience.
- View DC: Guided tours through Washington, DC, that highlight community-based research efforts, promote different neighborhood assets, and provide context for the health inequities in Washington, DC.