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Community Engagement

Fostering and honoring a bidirectional understanding of our community partners' expertise

It's our mission to catalyze, support, and conduct meaningful community and academic engagement across the research spectrum to improve health and health equity. We hope you'll join us to help make communities stronger, healthier, and better educated about health. Visit the Center for Community Health (CCH)

Principles of Engagement

Engagement is a process for working collaboratively with groups, such as patients, healthcare providers, public health leaders, policymakers, and communities. The Center for Community Health embraces the use of many forms of engagement, such as informing, consulting, involving, collaborating, and empowering.

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Primary Care Practice-Based Research Program

The Northwestern Primary Care Practice-Based Research Program (NP3) aims to foster collaboration between community-based primary care clinicians and Northwestern scientists in order to conduct meaningful and practical studies to improve healthcare delivery and quality of care, engage patients and clinicians in research design and implementation, and promote the use of evidence-based practice in primary care.

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Shared Resource Panels (ShARPs)

Shared Resource Panels(ShARPs) are custom panels that bring together 8-10 community members with professional and/or personal expertise related to a research project. These community experts offer feedback on adaptations that can improve research relevance, feasibility, and/or dissemination opportunities. CCH provides food, parking vouchers and compensation to panelists.

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TheĀ Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities

The Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC) catalyzed and supports authentic community-academic research partnerships between Chicagoland communities and Northwestern University that honor, are driven by, & share power with communities to improve health & equity.

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Dissemination & Implementation Program

The Dissemination & Implementation program represents a collaboration between Center for Community Health and the Center for Prevention Implementation Methodology and provides education, training and consultation to academic and community representatives on best practices for translating evidence-based services and programs into clinical and community practice.

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Chicago Consortium for Community Engagement (C3)

The Chicago Consortium for Community Engagement (C3) represents a network of academic research institutions and community members and connect and leverage the resources of the community engagement programs of Chicago's Clinical and Translational Science Institutes, including NUCATS.

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