Our community engagement team works to raise awareness with all stakeholders about the importance of clinical and translational research and encourage partnerships in research at BMC, local CTSA hubs, or the CTSA network. CTSI also provides one-on-one consultations and seminars on best practices for providers interested in participating in patient-centered or community-based research and dissemination of research back to the community.
Boston HealthNet is an integrated care delivery network that includes 14 community health centers (13 are federally qualified health centers), BMC and BUSM. The Boston HealthNet Research Subcommittee meets monthly to review research proposals that involve Boston HealthNet community health centers and facilitate community input across the translational spectrum. Serving as a consultant to the investigator and health center, the Subcommittee ensures awareness of CTSI research resources and provides feedback to ensure research is equally supportive of community goals. Nearly 200 research projects have been approved through this process.
The Partners in Health and Housing Research Working Group is a collaboration of the Boston Housing Authority, Boston Health Commission, public housing residents and researchers from BU Dental School and Schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Social Work. The overall goal of the working group is to provide an intellectual and resource repository for investigators who are currently conducting, planning or interested in research among residents of Boston public housing. Aims of the working group include:
- Providing collaborative opportunities for transdisciplinary research across the campus.
- Creating a multi-level data repository on factors impacting the health of residents that will promote research innovation.
- Assisting in developing institutional procedures, policies, and practices with respect to research practices within this community.
- Establishing best practices with respect to research conduct, including but not limited to subject recruitment, subject retention, and subject engagement in research conduct (e.g., subjects acting as agents of the research).
Boston Breast Cancer Equity Coalition is a diverse group of multidisciplinary stakeholders whose members include oncology and primary-care clinicians, patient navigators, public health policy-makers; advocates, researchers, and patients from the American Cancer Society, the state Department of Public Health and the multiple institutions in Boston where breast cancer patients receive their care.
The vision of the coalition is to eliminate the differences in breast cancer care and outcomes by promoting equity and excellence in care among all women of different racial/ethnic groups in the City of Boston. The coalition strives to reach this vision by identifying, developing, and implementing solutions with the specific initial goal of eliminating the inequities in breast outcomes and care that exist among Black, non-Hispanic women in Boston.
Consultations are provided to researchers who are interested in developing a community partnership or reporting back their research findings to the community. Science Cafes are hosted in communal environments where participants have the opportunity to learn about and discuss research findings with experts. CTSI researchers are invited to talk in laymen’s terms about their work in an informal and friendly atmosphere, which aims to demystify scientific research for the general public and empower non-scientists to more comfortably and accurately assess translation research.