Community-University Translational Research Interest & Needs: Initial Survey Results

Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Alliance’s Community Engagement program supports community-university research and aims to identify academic researcher/faculty interest and needs   related to community engaged translational research collaboration through a recent Community Engagement Facilitation Survey.

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Phase 1 findings show that there are three times more academic researcher/faculty respondents who desire community engaged research collaboration (N=132) than those who are currently engaged in a collaboration (N=44). The top five areas of research that respondents reported to have a desire for community-engaged collaboration are:

  1. Community-based participatory research/community engaged research
  2. Intervention research
  3. Laboratory-based research with human participants/specimens
  4. Clinical research with human participants/clinical trials
  5. Population-based, epidemiological, or public health research

The Community Engagement program will use the results of this survey to develop data-informed strategies to advance statewide community engaged research and related initiatives. A similar survey is being conducted among community-based organizations and agencies, statewide. Phase 2 of the survey will be launched soon – stay tuned for more details.

Georgia CTSA’s Community Engagement program is a core component of a collaborative effort between Emory University, Morehouse School of Medicine, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), and University of Georgia (UGA). The program improves the way biomedical research is conducted and disseminated throughout Georgia and across the country. It works to unite existing academic-community research partnerships, facilitate community input into university research, and to increase health research in community settings that is both responsive and relevant to the health needs of the community.

The Georgia CTSA is a statewide partnership between Emory, Morehouse School of Medicine, Georgia Tech, and UGA and is one of over 50 in a national consortium striving to improve the way biomedical research is conducted across the country. The consortium, funded through the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) and the National Institutes of Health’s Clinical and Translational Science Awards, shares a common vision to translate laboratory discoveries into treatments for patients, engage communities in clinical research efforts, and train the next generation of clinical investigators.