Goal 2: Engage Patients and Communities in Every Phase of the Translational Process

Doctor chatting with patientThe CTSA Program is designed to strengthen and support the entire spectrum of translational research from scientific discovery to improved patient care. Read the latest in CTSA Program community engagement news.

November 2020

Community Engagement Studio Toolkit
Researchers at the Vanderbilt University CTSA Program hub developed the Community Engagement (CE) Studio that creates a framework for stakeholders to provide immediate feedback to the researcher on specific areas of concern before the research project is implemented. This toolkit, used by more than 20 CTSA Program Hubs, was recently developed to help researchers working with patients and community stakeholders to implement the CE Studio model at their institutions.

March 2019

Opioids Increase the Risk of Pneumonia
Research, supported in part by the CTSA Program, suggests that opioids can increase a person’s risk for pneumonia that is severe enough to warrant hospitalization.

August 2018

CTSA Program Researchers Partner with Barbershops to Cut High Blood Pressure
Black men are more likely to die from complications of high blood pressure than any other group in the U.S. To tackle this disparity, researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the University of California, Los Angeles, a CTSA Program hub, are pairing pharmacists with barbershops to help prevent heart attacks and strokes.

May 2018

CTSA Program Hubs Collaborate to Assess Community Engagement
The University of Rochester conducted a pilot study with seven other CTSA Program hubs to develop and test a community engagement assessment process.

December 2017

NCATS-Supported Researchers Demonstrate Value in Community-Based Research Consultation Service
Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program-supported researchers developed a community-based research evaluation model to determine the effectiveness of consultation services that help translate clinical practice observations into new treatment approaches.

August 2017

NCATS Enables Scientists, Community Clinicians to Collaborate on Health Initiatives
NCATS’ CTSA Program supports public health improvements by enabling innovative research partnerships between university scientists and community clinicians.

CTSA Program Hub Expands Successful Radio Show with Podcast
The CTSA Program hub at the Medical College of Wisconsin broadcasts a local radio segment monthly in Milwaukee to inform the local community about translational research discoveries.

June 2017

NCATS Supports Expanded Eye Screening for Underserved Diabetics
Through a community partnership between the Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program hub at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, researchers discovered that offering diabetic retinopathy screening in primary care settings reduced examination waiting periods and increased the number of patients served.

March 2016

CTSA Program Collaborations Spark Broad Public Engagement in Common Rule NPRM
CTSA Program representatives collaborated with patient advocacy groups to host four national meetings promoting public engagement in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects. Federal agencies released the NPRM to garner public comment on proposals to improve and modernize the Common Rule, which is a set of federal regulations to protect human subjects involved in trials while facilitating valuable research and reducing burden, delay and ambiguity for investigators.

October 2015

CTSA Program Hubs Host Common Rule Meeting
In response to the federal government’s release of proposed changes to the Common Rule, which protects human subjects involved in research, CTSA Program representatives hosted a series of informational meetings to enhance understanding and facilitate public discussion about the proposed changes and their implications.