Center for Community Health Partnership and Research (CCHPR)

The Center for Community Health Partnership and Research

The Center for Community Health Partnership & Research (CCHPR) is a joint entity supported by the Washington University’s ICTS and the Institute for Public Health (IPH)

The mission of the CCHPR is to reduce disparities and improve health and wellness in the region by fostering meaningful engagement between communities and researchers. CCHPR supports community-academic partnerships and research through the following initiatives: 

See our flyer for a description of our Center initiatives.

Community Advisory Board

The Community Advisory Board (CAB) was established to help bridge the gap between university research and local communities.  The CAB is comprised of a diverse group of individuals with strong ties to local communities within the St. Louis region, including surrounding counties.  Members meet bimonthly to provide recommendation into the goals, strategies and activities of the ICTS and IPH. 

Read more about the current CAB members

Apply to be a CAB member

Community Engagement Studios

Community Engagement Studios (CE Studios) provide a structured forum for researchers to gain valuable patient or community input at different stages of research development and implementation.  CE studios can address:

  • culturally appropriateness of recruitment materials and participant compensation
  • participant retention strategies
  • simplifying the consent process and identifying entry points for community-based recruitment
  • intervention design
  • survey design
  • ethical considerations
  • translations of research findings into practice

If you are interested in requesting a CE studio, please complete this brief application and we will follow up with you.

Contact us to learn more about the studio process. 

Capacity Building Support for Community Organizations

In response to a capacity needs assessment conducted in partnership with the Brown School Evaluation Center, CCHPR offers capacity building opportunities to organizations in the areas of performance measurement, management, human resources, communications, grant writing, evaluation, and data collection. Examples include:

Contact us to sign up for announcements about upcoming capacity building opportunities.

Research Education in Community Settings

What's your reach? is a campaign dedicated to making research understandable and relatable to everyone. Through the campaign we:

  • Provide research education in community settings
  • Dispel myths and misconceptions about research
  • Increasing understanding of the importance of diversity                                                                                 
    in research
  • Discuss opportunities to participate in research - both as
    community experts and study participants.
  • Engage in dialogue about research experience with
    community members
  • Partners with researchers to provide health education

Staff engages with community members at locations throughout the St. Louis region, including libraries, YMCAs, community centers, health fairs, employment agencies, and food pantries.

Contact us to learn more about how your research team or community organizations can collaborate with the campaign.

Practice Based Research Networks (PBRNs)

The Washington University Pediatric & Adolescent Ambulatory Research Consortium (WU PAARC) has developed a formal infrastructure to actively engage community practitioners in clinical and translational research. These community pediatricians and pediatric nurse practitioners study how best to care for children and adolescents in the community setting, and  are committed to using research findings to guide how they care for their patients.

Additional Services for ICTS Investigators and Community Organizations

  • Match-making between researchers and community organizations with shared health interests
  • Consultations to discuss: 
    • Strategies for identifying and engaging communities in the development and implementation of a research project
    • Navigating administrative obstacles to conducting research in community settings
    • Translation and dissemination of research findings in community settings
  • Grant review to provide feedback related to plans for stakeholder/community engagement