Advancing the Science of Community Engaged Research

Innovative and Effective Methods of Stakeholder Engagement in Translational Research

August 25 - 26, 2016

Washington, DC; Association of American Medical Colleges

A Call to Action

The CEnR conference will convene researchers and community stakeholders in order to advance knowledge of the innovative methods and promising practices being used in the rapidly developing field of community engaged research. Learning labs will provide “how to” opportunities for small group learning on specific issues and practices and think tanks will advance discussion and problems solving for issues that can impede or accelerate community engaged research.

There is an urgent need to convene researchers and other stakeholders to advance the field of Community Engaged Research (CEnR). During the past two decades, community and stakeholder engagement have emerged as essential approaches to accelerate the translation of research into practice. Translational research programs are increasingly expected to ensure community engagement in all phases of research.

Many Clinical Translational Science Awards, Research Centers in Minority Institutions and other research centers have developed and implemented successful CEnR programs, and there is a growing body of literature in this field. Unfortunately, successful CEnR methods and best practices are not currently being disseminated at a pace consistent with the demands for community engagement. Researchers and stakeholders need a forum to rapidly disseminate CEnR evidence and to gain practical knowledge to implement new and enhance existing community engagement programs.