Basics of Community Engagement

  • The Partnership Trust Tool - CDC (PDF) is designed to engage academic, community and public health practice partners in a dialogue about trust and develop strategies for enhancing trust.

  • The Principles of Community Engagement, second edition  (PDF)

    The Second edition offers guidance and tools to public health professionals, health care providers, researchers, and community leaders on methods to engage partners in projects that may improve public health through community engagement.

  • UCSF Community Engagement FAQs (PDF)

    A variety of resources, training modules, surveys geared toward providing community engagement support.

  • Toolkit for Developing Community Partnerships

    The Southern California CTSI supports community-engaged research that brings researchers, clinicians and the community together to share their knowledge, skills and resources with a common goal of improving the health of Los Angeles communities. This toolkit is intended to be a resource for researchers, health care providers and the community who are interested in conducting community-engaged research. This community partnership toolkit outlines the process and approach needed during every phase of a project (e.g. relationship building, proposal development, project execution and dissemination).

  • Tips and Tricks for Successful Research Recruitment

    A toolkit for a community-based approach: whether you are conducting a traditional clinical trial or a trial in the community, there are common strategies you should consider when recruiting participants for research. This toolkit introduces ideas on how to prepare early in the research process in order to increase the probability of meeting your participant recruitment goals. Subsequently, it will provide specific recommendations for large clinical trials, and the use of social media as well and community-based research. It will also address recruitment challenges and keys to high retention. This toolkit aims to develop greater capacity and success in research participant recruitment, particularly in the recruitment of underrepresented populations such as ethnic minorities.

  • Community Advisory Board Toolkit
    Resource for integrating community voices into a research study: more and more, grant proposals are requesting researchers to ensure that they have worked with or plan to integrate the community into their research proposal.  One approach to this is to develop a community advisory board (CAB) who can provide feedback into all aspects of your research study including: 1) developing research questions; 2) developing recruitment plans; 3) reviewing study assessments or procedures; 4) discuss ethical considerations around your research; 5) provide different perspectives into the data interpretation; and/or 6) considering non-traditional dissemination methods.  This toolkit is intended to assist researchers in navigating the processes of developing and establishing a community advisory board  (CAB) for their research studies. Practical tips and step-by-step guidelines are provided.

Tools for Engagement

On-line Training

  • University of Kansas
    Eight on-line training modules for Community Health Improvement aimed at staff from state and local health departments, hospital staff, non-profit organizations and community leaders and members.
  • UC San Diego
    Two on-line tutorials to provide guidance for Investigators for interacting and partnering with Community members.
  • Mayo Clinic
    Five on-line courses aimed at increasing knowledge and application of community-engaged research methods.
  • Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)
    A series of toolkits and resources to assist community-engaged research efforts.
  • University of Kansas
    The Community Tool Box is a resource of over 7000 pages of information through which you can obtain practical, step-by-step guidance in community-building skills.

Methods for partnering with community-based organizations and clinicians from UC San Francisco

Tools for Dissemination

Community Engagement and Environmental Health

  • Healthy People Environmental Health
    Environmental health consists of preventing or controlling disease, injury, and disability related to the interactions between people and their environment. The Healthy People 2020 Environmental Health objectives focus on 6 themes, each of which highlights an element of environmental health. Creating health-promoting environments is complex and relies on continuing research to understand more fully the effects of exposure to environmental hazards on people’s health.
  • Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce is a collaboration of U.S. government agencies, public health organizations, and health sciences libraries which provides timely, convenient access to selected public health resources on the Internet (including environmental health). Their mission is to help the public health workforce find and use information effectively to improve and protect the public's health.
  • The PHI mission is to generate and promote research, leadership and partnerships to build capacity for strong public health policy, programs, systems and practices, particularly in California, but also nationally and world-wide. PHI educates the public and policy makers about the impacts of climate change on public health. Supported by a diverse group of funders, PHI offers technical expertise on a broad range of environmental health issues.
  • The membership of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) include the 2,800 local health departments across the United States. NACCHO’s mission is to be a leader, partner, catalyst, and voice for local health departments in order to ensure the conditions that promote health and equity, combat disease, and improve the quality and length of all lives. NACCHO developed the Protocol for Assessing Community Excellence in Environmental Health (PACE EH), a methodology to guide local communities in identifying and addressing environmental health priorities. NACCHO also has e-learning modules on community environmental health assessment.
  • APHA champions the health of all people and all communities. They speak out about public health issues and policies backed by science. They publish a practical guide book which can be used to help prepare the public health community for the challenges of climate change. This guidebook is a translation of a six-part webinar series hosted by APLA and CDC.

How to Seek Assistance

Assistance about community engagement strategies and dissemination ideas at UC Davis