Relationships are foundational to HERO’s ability to fulfill the mission of bringing patients and the public into health research. We are intentional about participating in multiple networks and actively building, nurturing, and refining relationships with stakeholders and partners at many diverse levels. These include:

  • Internal networks across UC Davis connecting researchers and staff committed to equity and public engagement
  • Advisory boards and councils for UC Davis Health institutional and research projects
  • External relationships with community-based organizations, local leaders, community members, and trusted messengers
  • A national CTSA network of engagement counterparts sharing tools, resources, and best practices

The trust and knowledge developed through participation in these networks allows us to skillfully connect professional researchers, public scientists, and special populations for mutually beneficial research collaborations.