What is the OHSU Community Research Hub?
The OHSU Community Research Hub is a centralized office, located in Bend Oregon, through which researchers and community members and organizations can be connected and supported in order to facilitate, grow and strengthen Community Engaged Research.The Hub is directed by Dr. Jackilen Shannon who is strategically positioned to leverage multiple efforts in her roles as Director of the OCTRI Community and Collaboration Core, Director of the Knight Cancer Institute Community Engaged Research Program, Co-Director of the Knight Community Partnership Program as well as Professor in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health.
Why Community Engaged Research?
There is a growing recognition across government, academic institutions and health organizations that engaging communities in research is essential to asking and answering the questions that address health disparities and regionally-specific health concerns.
Uptake of research findings as well as research participation is greatly impacted when researchers focus on questions and utilize approaches that are of relevance to patients and communities.
Community-Academic Partnerships ensure that research questions, data and programs are driven by community needs, meet scientific standards, and include evaluation to measure success.
There is a high demand from federal funders to increase the capacity for investigators to move their research portfolios from studying effectiveness to being able to implement and disseminate effective interventions into the communities that need them.
The Community Research Hub's unifying model for efforts around Community Engaged Research address three key supports;
- Building Capacity – support necessary infrastructure to connect academic researchers and interested communities as well as to foster communities' ability to implement and disseminate research
- Ensuring Relevance – promote development of research questions and approaches that address issues relevant to the community and the region
- Enhancing Receptivity – encourage trust between the community and the academic partner, expand the understanding of research and what it means to participate and collaborate in research activities.