Frequently Asked Questions
I'm interested in connecting with the community to do research. What are the first steps?
Communities differ so greatly in Cleveland, it is crucial that you determine exactly the community you are interested in and which organizations have the capacity to reach the members of that community. First you need to identify the issue you are interested in, including who it affects, what age, race, and gender it addresses, and then perhaps identify the region that may be affected by that issue. It is important to realize that some issues may not necessarily impact ALL the members of an identified race, ethnicity, gender or income level. It may be something that affects a very specific section of a Cleveland neighborhood. It may also be something you can cut across income levels with and identify as an issue of gender. Make sure you know about the group you want to research.
The Community Research Connections Resource can also help put together general groups of individuals based on criteria that you identify, so that you can put together a focus group or work with a designated group to design a tool or survey. More information about that resource can be obtained by calling Michele Abraham at 216-778-3858 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can you help with the IRB submission and approval process?
We can help to direct you to contacts within the IRB departments of any of the 4 partners of the CTSC, which include Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland Clinic and MetroHealth Mecical Center.
Do you have any experience with community based participatory research or CBPR
The Center for Reducing Health Disparities has projects that have been developed utilizing the CBPR method. Project REECH is founded on this method.
What projects are you currently involved with?
Community Research Connections Resource
Cultural Competency Training Series
Community-Based Research Consult Service
Who are your academic and community partners?
The Community Engagement Core was created through a collaborative partnership between Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland Clinic, and MetroHealth Medical Center. The Case Center for Reducing Health Disparities is leading the charge to initiate the community engagement core and has established numerous partners for projects. The list of partners is constantly being updated as projects are being expanded, thus the following is not necessarily a comprehensive list of our partners:
- Cleveland Department of Public Health
- Cuyahoga County Board of Health
- National Alliance on Mental Illness
- MOTTEP (Minority Organ Tissue Transplant Education Program)
- AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland
- Kidney Foundation of Ohio, Inc.
- ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now)
- WSEM (West Side Ecumenical Ministry)
- American Sickle Cell Anemia Association
- Center for Families and Children, May Dugan Center
- Children\x92s Hunger Alliance
- Bringing Education, Advocacy, and Support Together (BREAST), MetroHealth Cancer Care Center Community Breast Cancer Screening Program
- Cleveland State University Center for Health Equity
- Cleveland Office on Minority Health
- Legal Aid Society of Cleveland
- Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles
- Donate Live/Mas Vidas
- East End Neighborhood House
- North East Ohio Neighborhood Health Services, Inc. (NEON)
- Nueva Luz, Urban Resource Center
- Detroit Shoreway CDC
- Famicos Development Center
- Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church Human Development Center
- Lexington Bell Community Center
- Michael J. Zone Recreation Center
- Slavic Village Development
- Spanish American Committee
- Spanish Coalition
How are you funded?
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded the partners of the CTSC (Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth Medical Center) $64 million to become part of a national consortium designed to transform how clinical and translational research is conducted, ultimately enabling researchers to provide new treatments more efficiently and quickly to patients.
If my grant application is successful how long will it be before I see the funding?
The NIH provides a nice graphic that shows the timeline of the grant process.
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