Key to the mission of the ICTS is the health and well-being of our communities. To accomplish that mission, the ICTS is dedicated to engaging the community at all stages of research. We do this by training researchers and community members to work together and providing funding to support and advance these partnerships.

The Center for Community Health Partnership and Research (CCHPR), a joint entity supported by Washington University’s ICTS and the Institute for Public Health (IPH), aims to reduce disparities and improve health and wellness in the region by supporting collaborations between community and university partners. It provides a single access point for researchers, community members, and other community stakeholders and serves as the community engagement arm of the ICTS.


Consultation sessions can help support stakeholder and community engagement at any stage of the research process.  Complete this brief form to request a consultation with the CCHPR.

Community Engagement Studio

Community Engagement (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 cultural appropriateness of recruitment materials, participant retention strategies, identification of entry points for community-based recruitment, intervention and survey design, and/or dissemination of research findings.

If you are interested in requesting a CE studio, complete this brief form.

Partnership Development & Sustainability Support Funding Program

Through our Center for Community Health Partnership and Research, we are pleased to announce the new Partnership Development & Sustainability Support Funding Program (PDSS) This mechanism provides ICTS investigators and their community partner(s) with up to $10,000 over a one-year period to develop the trust, infrastructure, capacity, and skills needed to support future collaborative grant opportunities. The PDSS is open to new partnerships in development, as well as existing partnerships.

Capacity Building Support

Through the Center for Community Health Partnership & Research (CCHPR), the ICTS responds to top needs for capacity building identified by community organizations: leadership, communication, data management and evaluation. These capacity areas are essential for developing, implementing, and sustaining programs that improve community health and well-being.

Campaign: What’s your reach?

What’s your reach? is an educational campaign dedicated to making research understandable and relatable to anyone. Through partnerships with community groups and organizations, we engage in dialogue with individuals throughout the St. Louis region to provide research education and opportunities to participate in research. Contact us to learn more about how your research team can collaborate with the campaign.

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