Community Engagement

Community studies and input

Director:  Belinda Reininger, DrPH
Co-Director: Maria E. Fernandez, PhD
Co-Director: Lorna McNeill, MPH,PhD
Contact person:  Christina Villarreal 956-882-6677  

Obesity Resources List 

Community and Academia

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. 

Community Practitioners’ Program

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. 

CCTS CAB Meeting

How can the Community Engagement Component help CCTS investigators?

  • Call for advice on disseminating your work to the community
  • Let us introduce you to community groups that could participate in your research
  • Consult us to discuss how to include community health practitioners in your research

How can CCTS investigators help the Community Engagement Component?

  • Share your cutting-edge research with K-16 teachers in our science teachers’ symposium
  • Let us make a podcast on your research
  • Participate in one of our community advisory boards
  • Talk to us about including community practitioners in your clinical studies