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Community Engagement

UT Southwestern is committed to improving the health of communities in North Texas through community-academic partnerships that foster trust, bidirectional communication, and shared leadership. We offer resources and opportunities for both researchers and community members to participate in research that leads to greater health equity.

Office of Community Health & Research Engagement

The Office of Community Health & Research Engagement (OCHRE) is committed to developing and sustaining community-academic partnerships to improve the health of communities in North Texas. Learn more about our resources for building community-engaged research.

Community Engagement Highlights

3 women 1 man in aprons prepare food in kitchen
Culinary Medicine
male and female nurses take blood sample from patients finger
Diabetes Screening Effort
diverse group of people outdoors packing bags of food
Food Insecurity

Investigator Resources

Working collaboratively with community stakeholders is integral to the translational research process. Health research and practice increasingly emphasize the importance of employing community-engaged research to address health issues and disparities and effectively disseminate scientific discoveries into real-world practice.

By building trust, facilitating transparent communication, and enlisting new resources and allies, community-engaged research has the potential to improve overall health outcomes as successful projects evolve into lasting collaborations.

Research Project Support and Services

Community engagement is an essential part of each phase of a successful research project. Learn about resources available to help you connect with the community:

Patient and Community Member Resources

UT Southwestern has a variety of opportunities for patients and community members to actively engage in research projects and/or to participate in ongoing research studies.

Participate in Clinical Research

Taking part in a clinical study helps researchers develop new treatments and learn more about different diseases to aid in diagnosis, management, and care. Your participation is an important contribution to advancing our knowledge and ensuring we provide leading-edge services for our patients.

Learn About Clinical Trials

Community Engagement Directory Coming Soon

Our Community Engagement Directory plans to offer an interactive database of past and present community-engaged research projects with profiles of relevant community partners and investigators to inform future collaborations and projects. The CED will provide community organizations and investigators with a shared space to connect and discuss collaborative opportunities. By signing up, you can indicate your interest in partnering with researchers and research projects and receive information about community events and educational opportunities.

Attend Community Events

UT Southwestern’s community events seek not only to inform and serve, but also to inspire the scientist inside each of us to marvel, discover, and stretch our understanding of the human body and the world around us.

Science Cafe
Request a Speaker

Community-Researcher Collaborations

Community Advisory Panel

Diverse, integrated perspectives – UTSW’s Community Advisory Panel (CAP) is an important resource that helps campus researchers integrate the perspectives of patient and community stakeholders into their projects. We are seeking diverse community members across race, culture, age, and health care access willing to advise researchers about community needs and priorities.

CAP discussions can assume several formats depending on the researcher’s needs and objectives. For example, CAP members might provide input on the design of a study, including feedback on a particular intervention or treatment or ideas to increase participant recruitment. If you would like to learn more about getting involved with the CAP, please OCHRE.

Translational Advisory Board

Multisector, strategic engagement – The CTSA Program’s Translational Advisory Board (TAB) comprises multisector leaders from faith-based and community health organizations. The Board advises CTSA Program leadership on opportunities to address the most pressing community needs and identify strategies to engage communities in research.

TAB members are leaders of organizations that represent diverse health priority areas (such as mental health, food security, and exercise), regions (including the city of Dallas, Fort Worth, and Rockwall County), and populations (underinsured and uninsured). This diversity of representation ensures that UT Southwestern is well-informed and intentional in its commitment to improving population health.

Interested in Community-Academic Partnerships?

The Office of Community Health and Research Engagement offers resources for establishing new or strengthening existing community-academic partnerships.

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