REACH (Research Engagement to Advance Community Health)

REACH (Research Engagement to Advance Community Health) is the recruitment and retention arm of the Center for Community-Engaged Research (CCER).  Research participation among under-represented popluations remains low in today's clinical research environment, and REACH is focused on increasing that participation in the St. Louis metropolitan region.  REACH promotes participation in clinical research studies by engaging potential participants at community sites, such as grocery stores, community centers, and food pantries. 

REACH Services for Investigators and Research Teams:

    • Database targeted recruitment – REACH staff members will compile a list of potentially eligible participants according to your study inclusion/exclusion criteria. Staff members will call and pre-screen candidates for you and send pre-screened participant contact information to your study team.

    • Community pre-screening recruitment – REACH community health workers will actively pre-screen for your study while visiting our community engagement sites. Participants will be pre-screened and participant contact information will be sent to the study team. If possible, participants will also call from the field to set up an appointment after being pre-screened. 

    • Community flyer distribution and engagement – REACH community health workers can distribute your study flyers at our community engagement sites. Information about your study will be shared with participants in a personal and engaging way.

To learn more about REACH services, please contact Hilary Broughton at (314) 362-7034 or

REACH Resources for Community Members

REACH is in the community most days of the month! To find out when we are visiting a location near you, please contact us at (314) 362-7034.

If you would like to be added to our registry as a potential study participant, please also contact us at (314) 362-7034. If you prefer to register online, visit Volunteer for Health at

Additional Resources

For a directory of St. Louis community resources such as clothing resources and food pantries, visit:

Mercy Neighborhood Ministry (