Since its inception, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has fostered community partnerships that are mutually beneficial to the School and nearby low-income, vulnerable populations. Faculty members have benefited from greater access to underserved and often hard-to-reach populations for research and valuable learning experiences. Members of the community have benefited from greater access to medical resources, educational programs and technical assistance with program development. The Centers for Community and Academic Research Partnerships (CCARP) at Mount Sinai is transforming 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 in the community.
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. The program enables community representatives, investigators, and clinicians to conduct research that addresses issues affecting the well-being of local communities. CCARP builds and supports community/academic research partnerships, develops skills and infrastructure to conduct high-quality community–engaged research, and assists investigators and community partners with using secondary data sources to understand and improve health in the community. Seasoned experts in research and community engagement offer coursework; one-on-one support; and consultations to identify novel research questions, develop grant proposals, design research studies, implement recruitment and retention strategies, and evaluate, communicate and disseminate research outcomes to improve health, behaviors, practices and policies.
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Last Update: March 13, 2013
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