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Report on CTSA Consortium Use of the Community Engagement Consulting Service
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    The CTSA Community Engagement Consultative Service (CECS) is a national partnership designed to improve community engaged research (CEnR) through expert consultation. This report assesses the feasibility of CECS and presents findings from 2008–2009.


    A coordinating center and five regional coordinating sites managed the service. CTSAs identified a primary pre-visit CE best practice for consultants to address and completed self-assessments, post-visit evaluations, and action plans. Feasibility was assessed as the percent of CTSAs participating and completing evaluations. Frequencies were calculated for evaluation responses.


    Of the 38 CTSAs, 36 (95%) completed a self-assessment. Of these 36 sites, 83%, 53%, and 44% completed a consultant visit, evaluation, and action plan, respectively, and 56% of the consultants completed an evaluation. The most common best practice identified pre-visit was improvement in CEnR (addressing outcomes that matter); however, relationship building with communities was most commonly addressed during consulting visits. Although 90% of the consultants were very confident sites could develop an action plan, only 35% were very confident in the CTSAs’ abilities to implement one.


    Academic medical centers interested in collaborating with communities and translating research to improve health need to further develop their capacity for CE and CEnR within their institutions.

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    3UL1RR024128-03S2/RR/NCRR NIH HHS/United States
    3UL1RR024128-04S3/RR/NCRR NIH HHS/United States
    U48-DP001944/DP/NCCDPHP CDC HHS/United States
    UL1 RR024128/RR/NCRR NIH HHS/United States
    UL1 RR024999/RR/NCRR NIH HHS/United States
    UL1RR024999/RR/NCRR NIH HHS/United States
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