The Community Collaborative Core ensures that community engagement occurs across the full spectrum of clinical and translational research and in synergy with the community to promote health equity. The overall aim of the Community Collaborative Core (CCC) is to promote health equity by transforming our Learning Health System (LHS) into a Learning Health Research Community (LHRC).
The goals of the Community Collaborative Core are to:
- Accelerate Clinical and Translational Science research to address the significant burden of conditions that disproportionately affect underserved populations in the Bronx.
- Promote participation of underserved (and including historically excluded) populations in CTR and ensure that community-academic partnerships are fully collaborative
- Build capacity for sustainable community engagement in all aspects of CTS research
These goals are closely aligned with the objective of NCATS to create infrastructure to engage communities with research projects and to advance the science of community-engaged research. We will use the CTSA to develop best practices, enduring curricula and other materials, and provide consultations on how to engage communities.
Request Community & Partner Engagement Services
Our program offers a wide range of consultative services to support researchers in conducing community engaged research or incorporating community input into their research. Community-engaged research recognizes the strengths of individuals and community organization and involves building authentic partnerships between researchers and community organizations.
Assistance is available for all degrees of community engagement and all phases of research projects, including project planning, study design, implementation, data collection, data analysis, translation and dissemination. Service requests related to grant applications (Letters of Support, Community Advisory Boards, Community Engagement Studios, Community Partner Referrals) should be made at least 1 month before the grant application deadline. Assistance can be provided through the following services:
Spanish Translation Resource
Our Spanish Translation Resource offers the Einstein/Montefiore research community access to a Spanish-language translator who will translate research documents from English to Spanish. Translations provided by the ICTR-supported Spanish Translation Resource will be from a fully-bilingual and certified individual who will incorporate linguistic and culturally relevant considerations.
Federal regulations mandate that information given to potential research participants (or their representatives) be given in a language they can understand. Translation of research documents is therefore necessary to comply with such regulations and can also help address barriers to research study participation among non-English and historically excluded populations.
Examples of research documents that may be translated include: Informed Consent documents, Questionnaires or study measures (if not already available and validated), Recruitment materials (print or social media ads, flyers), contact letters, among others.
Important considerations regarding translation services:
- Cost should be accounted for in your research budget
- Fees for Spanish-language translation is generally $100/page with variations according to project type or materials (ie website content, flyers)
- Fees are waived for pilot studies or graduate research projects. Other considerations may be available on a case-by-case basis.
- Only IRB-approved materials will be translated
- We will request you provide the IRB-approved materials as the source file for translation.
- Translating the documents is not always sufficient
- The research team must include at least one person who is fluent in the target language(s) to ensure that participants can be effectively engaged and communicated with during all phases of research.
For questions regarding this service, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Submit a request for Spanish translation services
Community Engagement Studios
For researchers interested in getting input on their work from patients, caregivers, health care providers, community members and other non-research collaborators, the CCC Module can assist assembling a panel of targeted community collaborators in CE Studios. CE Studios are a quick way for researchers to gain community feedback on specific areas of a research project, this can include input on project the design, implementation, recruitment, and retention. CE studios are not long-standing advisory boards, or tools for data collection like a focus groups, but one-time consultations with community collaborators.
In CE Studios, with the support of the CCC module, researches deliver brief presentations about their project and pose specific questions to community partners. They are best conducted during the early stages of a project.
- CE Studios are beneficial for:
- Consulting multiple community partners in a single setting
- Addressing potential barriers and challenges related to participant compensation, participant retention strategies, and cultural appropriateness and sensitivity of research documents, I.e recruitment materials, surveys, consent documents.
Bridging Research, Accurate Information and Dialogue (BRAID)
An additional resource for long term engagement with community partners is the CE Collaboratives Bridging Research, Accurate Information and Dialogue (BRAID). The innovative (BRAID) technique is an innovative tool for incorporating community member perspectives to address mistrust, misinformation, or general challenges in seeking care, disease self-management, etc. BRAID employs motivational interviewing to understand concerns about participating in preventive health behaviors and interventions, to proactively probe for questions, and to help assuage doubts by providing health information. BRAID was used in the Bronx to address COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and can be applied to multiple conditions. It is a tool for building trust with the community over time and to engage them in co-design processes and dissemination.
For more information on BRAID, please contact: email@example.com
Community Advisory Boards
A community advisory board (CAB) is a collective of community members and organization representatives that provide community information and input on the researchers target population throughout a research project. CABs bring together community collaborators with different skills, experience, and expertise to address complex research problems. Where CE Studios can provide one-time consultation, if the researchers goal is to move further towards community collaboration CABs are a useful tool for frequently consulting and communicating with community partners throughout a research project.
Benefits to developing or incorporating feedback from a CAB include:
- Communicating with community partners throughout a project
- Review pilot materials such as surveys, instruments, recruitment materials and provide feedback on data interpretation and dissemination
- Receive ongoing community feedback and recommendations
- Building community partnerships and trust
Letters of Support
Faculty researchers requiring needing an ICTR CCC Letter of Support, please fill out the ICTR Letter of Support Request Form:
Letter of Support Request Form
The Pilot Project Program of the Einstein Montefiore Institute for Clinical and Translational Research invites all Einstein Montefiore faculty to apply for pilot funding to support Translational Science projects. Projects supported by this program must address a translational roadblock and meet the definition of translational science research.
Learn more and apply for a pilot project award here
CCC Module and Community Engagement Collaborative can assist in linking researchers to our community partners.
Practice-based Research Network
Montefiore Einstein Partners
To submit a request for CCC services, please complete the ICTR Services request form and select Community & Partner Engagement Module. You should be contacted about your request within 24 hours.
A central goal of the CCC Module is to promote participation of underserved (and including historically excluded) populations in CTR and ensure that community-academic partnership are fully collaborative. The CCC Module offers consultations to support projects that investigate how best to build trustworthiness and increase participation of underserved populations in research.
For more information please fill out an ICTR request form: https://informatics.einsteinmed.org/ictr/comm_engagement.login
For more information of the importance of increasing recruitment of diverse/minority populations in clinical research, visit our Resources for Researchers page.
Within the CCC Module, the SDoH-C seeks to support the integration of Social Determinants of Health measures in research across the translational spectrum. The CCC Module offers researchers consultations on measuring and assessing the social determinants of health in their research. Research expertise can also be provided in measurement of systems-level bias and discrimination that affect access to and quality of care.
For more information, please fill out an ICTR request form: https://informatics.einsteinmed.org/ictr/comm_engagement.login
Resources for Researchers
Community Engagement Research Tools:
Community Engagement Research Basics:
Community Engagement Collaborative (CE-C)
Health Systems Collaborative (HS-C)
Social Determinants of Health Collaborative (SDoH-C)