ICTR Community and Collaboration Core Services
The ICTR has partnered with community engagement experts across campus to form the ICTR Community and Collaboration Core (CCC) to provide all UMB campus faculty access to FREE community-engaged research-related expertise. The schools of dentistry, law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and social work make measureable, positive impact in Baltimore and in Maryland, volunteering innumerable hours and services to improve the quality of life and health of the communities. For just a sample of UMB's community engagement services, click here.
Engaging patients, families, and communities in the full spectrum of research not only allows them to make better health care decisions, but also helps to identify community health needs and priorities, contribute to relevant research questions leading to appropriate research design and methods, develop culturally sensitive and ethical proposals, enhance recruitment and retention of research participants, and implement and disseminate research findings more effectively.
ICTR CCC Resources
The goal of the ICTR Community and Collaboration Core (CCC) is to foster and facilitate this community engagement and collaborative effort by providing access to expert patient- and community-centered services and resources. ICTR-supported services include:
Access to the PATient-centered Involvement in Evaluating the effectiveNess of TreatmentS (PATIENTS) Resources and Expertise. The PATIENTS Program partners with patients and care providers to answer questions about the best treatment options to improve health and quality of life. People from all communities, especially those from underserved and minority populations, are engaged in every step of the patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) process. Through collective efforts, an effective learning health care community is created. Research priorities are aligned with the values of patients and communities to make research more relevant and patient-centered. The PATIENTS Program trains patients, stakeholders, and researchers to become co-developers of PCOR. With support from the ICTR Community and Collaboration Core, the PATIENTS Program can provide the researcher assistance with:
- Creating a focus group and interpreting focus group results.
- Developing participant instruction videos.
- Assembling an advisory board.
- Connecting you with a Citizen Scientist. A Citizen Scientist is a community member who has received training on how to review research proposals and offer input on the relevance and feasibility in the proposed population.
UMB ICTR Research Navigator. The ICTR Navigator can assist the investigator in locating resources and provides guidance on the “next steps” of the clinical translational research pathway.
Research vehicle for Community Outreach or Study
ICTR CCC Resource Request
If you are interested in ICTR Community and Collaboration Core support, use your UMID to log in to our ICTR Core Service Request web page and complete the ICTR Core Services Request Form (developed in REDCap).
Other UMB Campus Shared Community Engagement Resources
Community Engagement Center (CEC): Supported by the UMB Office of Community Engagement, the CEC gives West Baltimore residents a place to access services promoting neighborhood and economic development. The center brings the University and community together to solve complex and persistent problems that diminish residents’ quality of life.