Community Research Coalitions

The OCTRI Community and Collaboration Core with support from the Integrated Program in Community Research has adopted an innovative approach to build capacity for research across the state of Oregon through the development, support and dissemination of Community Research Coalitions.

What is a Community Research Coalition?

A Community Research Coalition is a community-academic partnership organized to develop opportunities that support data-driven decision making and research best practices to improve overall community health. The model of engagement is based on collaboration and shared leadership, and the acknowledgement that there are often existing health advocacy groups and research resources in communities.

The purpose of developing a research coalition is to bring local and regional stakeholders together with academic partners to collaborate, network and build local capacity for improving health and wellness in the community. Community assessments are conducted to identify gaps and opportunities where projects and organizations can be best supported by resources including; academic expertise, research services, funding opportunities, and training.

Where are the Research Coalitions located?OHSU Community Research Map

There are four Community Research Coalitions (Central Oregon, South Coast, North Coast, Southern Oregon) that are set up as regional structures with targeted strategies that will sustain research activities in those communities. Partnerships in the Columbia Gorge and Eastern Oregon are also in development. The OHSU Community Research Map identifies the OHSU Community Liaison located in that area, counties that are included in each coalition and areas where there is an opportunity to join or build a future Community Research Coalition.

How does OHSU and the Integrated Program support the Research Coalitions?

The Integrated Program supports the development of Research Coalitions by employing an OHSU Program Manager within the Central Oregon Research Coalition Hub to ensure consistency of implementation and support across regional coalitions. The OCTRI Community Program supports the individual Community Liaisons that reside in each area and work to develop and maintain relationships with local health and wellness stakeholders and researchers as well as OHSU investigators. The Liaison not only helps local projects move forward but also enhances the bi-directional communication between OHSU and the community.

Role of the Community Liaison

  • Connects community members with academic collaborators and research resources or services within and beyond the region.
  • Strengthens bidirectional communication between OHSU and rural communities, to help ensure an informed and unified OHSU presence
  •  Provides consultations and links to technical assistance (e.g. with study design, evaluation plan strategies, human subjects' protection) for projects.
  • Delivers educational materials and workshops to help develop research best practices.
  • Shares information about important, community oriented funding opportunities.
  • Conducts ongoing assessments to evaluate local needs, resources and capacity.