Building an Academic-Community Partnered Network for Clinical Services Research
The Community Health Improvement Collaborative (CHIC)
Published in: Ethnicity & Disease, v. 16, no. 1, suppl. 1, Winter 2006, p. S1-3-S1-17
Posted on rand.org 2006
OBJECTIVE: Community-based participatory research is recommended for research on health disparities and to improve uptake of clinical research findings. The authors describe the development of a multicenter consortium designed to support a community agency-academic partner infrastructure to support community-based, health-services research on multiple sources of health and healthcare disparities in local communities. DESIGN: The authors describe the development of the Los Angeles Community Health Improvement Collaborative (CHIC). RESULTS: The CHIC partners examined the research capacity and health priorities of its partners and developed a research agenda focused on four tracer conditions (depression, violence, diabetes, and obesity) and four areas for development of research capacity: public participation in all phases of research; understanding community and organizational context for clinical services interventions; practical clinical services trial methods; and advancing health information technology for clinical services research. The partners pooled resources to develop these areas for the tracer conditions. CONCLUSIONS: The challenges of a participatory approach to community-based clinical services research go beyond the significant methodologic and operational issues for specific projects and include building a sustainable capacity for research, community programs, and partnership across diverse communities and stakeholder organizations even when funding sources are not fully aligned with these goals.