Director: Belinda Reininger, DrPH
Co-Director: Maria E. Fernandez, PhD
Co-Director: Lorna McNeill, MPH,PhD
Contact person: Christina Villareal Christina.Villarreal@uth.tmc.edu 956-882-6677
The Community Engagement Component translates information from the academic world to the community and back (T2 translation). The component’s goals are to bring knowledge about current health research to the community (both lay and professional), to increase the participation of population groups underrepresented in research, to build capacity for research among trainees, investigators and community members, and finally to advance dissemination and implementation research around obesity treatment.
A goal of the CCTS is to extend clinical research from the Texas Medical Center to the community, incorporating the efforts of local community medical practitioners (physicians, nurses, dentists, etc.). These community practitioners, who treat the bulk of the local population, can make invaluable contributions to medical research through their observations of patients and by recruiting patients for clinical studies. In turn, participating in research can invigorate their practices and assure that their patients receive the best possible care. The Community Engagement Component can match community practitioners and CCTS investigators with similar interests and provide training in how to conduct clinical studies.
How can the Community Engagement Component help CCTS investigators?
How can CCTS investigators help the Community Engagement Component?