The Translational Research Institute (TRI) seeks to work collaboratively with community organizations and individuals to study how best to improve the health of Arkansans and the broader American public. Because health and health behaviors are affected by the social and physical environments we live in, community-based research is extremely important, but also complex. Community partnerships are essential to the development and conduction of scientifically sound, culturally appropriate research with real-world applicability. Our program benefits from existing relationships with many communities and community organizations, and we plan to further expand these efforts by:
Partnerships between communities and higher education institutions as a strategy for social change are gaining recognition and momentum. The TRI recognizes the increasing value of strong and diverse community partners as an effective strategy to improving the health of Arkansans. The TRI maintains working relationships with more than 30 community organizations. Representative examples of TRI’s community partners include the following:
To further assist community partners working with researchers, TRI has collected resources to support capacity and research readiness. The following resources are designed to help community health organizations build healthy community collaborations, community-engaged research training, developing effective partnerships, examples of community programs with evidence that they work, and disease prevention.
Provided by the University of Kansas, the Community Tool Box is a global resource for free information on essential skills for building healthy communities and collaborations. It offers more than 7,000 pages of practical guidance in creating change and improvement.
Guide to Community Preventive Services
The Guide to Community Preventive Services is a free resource to help choose programs and policies to improve health and prevent disease in your community. Systematic reviews are used to answer these questions: Which program and policy interventions have been proven effective? Are there effective interventions that are right for my community? What might effective interventions cost; what is the likely return on investment?
Partnership Trust Tool
Developed by the Prevention Research Centers of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Partnership Trust Tool is designed to engage academic, community and public health practice partners in a dialogue about issues that foster and hinder trust. It allows partners to explore strengths, identify opportunities for improvement and develop strategies for enhancing trust.