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AAMC Comments on Enhancing Community-Engaged Research Through CTSA Program

November 16, 2012—The AAMC Nov. 14 submitted comments  on the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)’s request for information on enhancing community-engaged research through the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) program.  Given the longstanding recognition by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that community engagement plays a critical role in fostering research collaboratives and partnerships and in building public trust in clinical and translational research, NCATS’ request sought comments from stakeholders on the development of a research agenda that would leverage the community engagement capability of the CTSA institutions

In its comments, the AAMC congratulates NCATS for acknowledging the importance of community-engaged research to clinical and translational science, and applauds the NIH for recognizing that “…CTSAs should have flexibility in developing community engagement programs in the context of their institutional priorities and strengths and community needs.” The AAMC also affirms that as community-engaged research is an essential pillar of translational research, strategic investment in and assessment of the CTSAs’ community engagement infrastructure is crucial for success.

The letter recommends that NCATS more fully integrate the CTSAs’ community-engaged research enterprise with similar efforts across other NIH institutes and centers, and suggests that the science of community engagement and the development of an evidence-base of best practices could be accelerated by comprehensive, rigorous evaluations developed in partnership with communities and subjected to external review.

The AAMC also specifically supports the inclusion of metrics within community-engaged research that are aimed at minimizing or eliminating health and health care disparities and notes that community participation in all aspects of community-engaged research—from identification of research questions to implementation of findings and dissemination of results back to community stakeholders—is essential to a balanced research portfolio.

Comments were due to NCATS by Nov. 15.

Contact:

Philip M. Alberti, PhD
Senior Director, Health Equity Research and Policy
Telephone: 202-828-0522
Email: palberti@aamc.org


Stephen Heinig
Director, Science Policy
Telephone: 202-828-0488
Email: sheinig@aamc.org

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