Engaging the Community in the Dissemination, Implementation, and Improvement of Health-Related Research

Clin Transl Sci. 2015 Dec;8(6):814-9. doi: 10.1111/cts.12342. Epub 2015 Nov 6.


To help maximize the real-world applicability of available interventions in clinical and community healthcare practice, there has been greater emphasis over the past two decades on engaging local communities in health-related research. While there have been numerous successful community-academic partnered collaborations, there continues to be a need to articulate the common barriers experienced during the evolution of these partnerships, and to provide a roadmap for best practices that engage healthcare providers, patients, families, caregivers, community leaders, healthcare systems, public agencies and academic medical centers. To this end, this paper presents a summary of a forum discussion from the 2014 Southern California Dissemination, Implementation and Improvement (DII) Science Symposium, sponsored by the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Clinical Translational Science Institute (CTSI), University of Southern California (USC) CTSI, and Kaiser Permanente. During this forum, a diverse group of individuals representing multiple constituencies identified four key barriers to success in community-partnered participatory research (CPPR) and discussed consensus recommendations to enhance the development, implementation, and dissemination of community health-related research. In addition, this group identified several ways in which the over 60 NIH funded Clinical and Translational Science Institutes across the country could engage communities and researchers to advance DII science.

Keywords: community engagement; community-based participatory research; community-partnered participatory research; implementation science; translational research.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Academic Medical Centers
  • California
  • Community Health Services / organization & administration
  • Community-Based Participatory Research
  • Community-Institutional Relations*
  • Consensus
  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Health Services Research
  • Information Dissemination
  • Interdisciplinary Communication
  • Public Health
  • Translational Research, Biomedical / methods
  • Translational Research, Biomedical / organization & administration*