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Clinical and Translational Science Center

Clinical and Translational Science Center

Community Engagement Consultation Service

for UCD healthcare researchers and Sacramento community members

 

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Consultation Request Form 

The Community Engagement Consultation Service at UC Davis provides opportunities for researchers and community members interested in healthcare research to get expert feedback on how to engage communities around research ideas, proposals, evaluations, and ongoing projects. 
Setting up a consultation session at UCD consists of four steps:

  1. Submitting the request form (pdf) in which you describe your interest in consulting with a panel of UCD community engagement experts;
  2. Speaking with the community engagement staff at the Clinical and Translational Science Center;
  3. Submitting a brief, 2-3 page proposal in which you describe your particular interests in engaging in community engaged research;
  4. Participating in an hour and half community engagement panel at UCD in which you have the opportunity to interact with community engagement experts around your particular project or interest.

Common Questions

  1. Who can request this service (from UC Davis research community)?
  2. Who can request this service (from the California communities served by UC Davis researcher)?
  3. How do I present my interests in community engagement in healthcare research to the panel?
  4. What will happen at the consultation session?

Who can request this service? 
From the UCD research community:

  • New researchers and PIs
  • Experienced researchers and PIs
  • NIH trainees, from BIRCWH, CIRM, HHMI/IMBS, K12, MCRTP, and T32 programs
  • UCDMC and UCD medical and graduate students

Examples of the kinds of issues researchers may want to explore in a consultation:

  • Forming a partnership with a community-based organization around your healthcare research interest
    • Approaching interested and appropriate communities in the Sacramento area
    • Forming long-term partnerships around healthcare research that reflect community interests and needs
  • Getting feedback on your research proposal and how it can reflect the interests of community members: 
    • Identifying research topics that are relevant to community needs
    • Drawing a sample that is representative of women and underrepresented groups in the relevant cultural/linguistic groups
    • Identifying needs assessment and/or intervention strategies that are culturally and linguistically appropriate
  • Getting feedback on an evaluation study of a community engaged healthcare research project
    • Identifying where to look for project impact
    • Identifying community partners to assist in evaluation design, implementation, and evaluation
  • Training in community-based participatory research

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Who can request this service?
From the California communities served by UCD researchers:

  • Managers and representatives of community-based organizations (CBOs) interested in working with UCD researchers to improve healthcare
  • Healthcare providers in community clinics, CBOs, etc.

Examples of the kinds of issues community members may want to explore in a consultation:

  • Identifying researchers with expertise in a particular disease or healthcare issue of importance to the community
  • Getting assistance in carrying out community healthcare needs assessment studies
  • Getting feedback on your research proposal and how it can reflect the interests of community members: 
    • Identifying research topics that are relevant to community needs
    • Drawing a sample that is representative of women and underrepresented groups in the relevant cultural/linguistic groups
    • Identifying needs assessment and/or intervention strategies that are culturally and linguistically appropriate
  • Getting feedback on an evaluation study of a community engaged healthcare research project
    • Identifying where to look for project impact
    • Identifying community partners to assist in evaluation design, implementation, and evaluation
  • Training in community-based participatory research

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How do I present my interests in community engagement in healthcare research to the panel?

  • First, fill out the online request form.  This form asks for information about your role and/or interests in community engaged healthcare research.  
  • Email the request form as an attachment with your name on the filename to:
    Linda Ziegahn, Ph.D.
    Community Engagement Coordinator
    Email address: linda.ziegahn@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu
    If you have any questions about submitting the form, please call Linda Ziegahn at 916.703.9210, or email her at the above email address.
  • Once you have submitted the request form online, it will be reviewed by our community engagement staff at the Clinical and Translational Science Center who will contact you to:

(a) answer any questions and send you guidelines for submission of a 2-3 page proposal on your community engaged research interests,
(b) arrange a panel of 3-6 individuals with expertise in the medical, research partnership formation, collaborative research design, and/or cultural and linguistic issues pertinent to your healthcare research interest, and
(c) assist in arranging and scheduling your community engagement consultation visit. 

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What will happen at the consultation session?

  • You will meet at the Clinical and Translational Science Center on the UCDHS campus with the CTSC community engagement staff and consultation panel members, who will have reviewed your proposal in advance.  The panel session will meet for approximately an hour and a half. 
  • At the conclusion of the panel, you will receive a copy of the proceedings and suggestions that emerged during the consultation.

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