Research doesn’t occur in a vacuum – involving the public is an integral part of the process. Ultimately, we seek to discover ways to improve the health of our community. Members of the community have valuable insights and participate in our studies. In order to develop protocols and processes that respond to the needs of our constituents, we benefit from the learned expertise of those who study communities and have developed the tools and skills necessary to interact and collaborate with the public effectively. In this issue of CTSC Connections, we celebrate our community engagement and collaboration experts.
The education, training, and experience they bring to research is available to everyone. I invite you to read the current edition and see how we incorporate community engagement into building research teams of the future to improve human health.