Since its inception, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has fostered community partnerships that are mutually beneficial to the School and nearby vulnerable populations. Faculty members have benefited from collaborations with underserved and often hard-to-reach populations and front line clinicians, to recruit for research, develop research partnerships and ensure that community expertise, experiences and priorities inform their work. for research and valuable learning experiences. Members of the community have benefited from greater access to medical resources, educational programs, technical assistance with program development and evaluation, and obtaining funding and collaborators to implement their research and service ideas. The Centers for Community and Academic Research Partnerships (CCARP) at Mount Sinai is facilitating the formation and transformation of these partnerships so that they become the catalyst for groundbreaking research that uncovers and addresses important social, environmental, and health problems; builds skills among academic and community partners; and improves health of communities.

CCARP connects Mount Sinai faculty and community members so that the values and culture of communities are respected throughout the research process and creates a unique environment where both groups learn from one another and address issues affecting the well-being of communities. CCARP builds and supports community/academic research partnerships, and develops skills and infrastructure to conduct high-quality community–engaged research. Seasoned experts offer coursework; one-on-one support; and consultations to identify novel research questions. In addition, they develop grant proposals, design research studies, implement recruitment and retention strategies, and evaluate, communicate and disseminate research outcomes to improve health, systems of care, policies and local environments.

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Last Update: May 13, 2014

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