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: 

Complete this brief form to request a consultation with our Center.

Partnership Development & Sustainability Support Funding Program

This mechanism supports 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. This is open to new partnerships in development, as well as existing partnerships.

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. 

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
  • Discuss opportunities to participate in research - both as
    community experts and study participants.

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.

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