BUILDING A RESEARCH-COMMUNITY COLLABORATIVE TO IMPROVE COMMUNITY CARE FOR INFANTS AND TODDLERS AT-RISK FOR AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS
This work was supported by the National Institutes of Health grants K23MH077584 and R21MH083893. Additionally, Dr. Brookman-Frazee is an investigator with the Implementation Research Institute (IRI), at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis; through an award from the National Institute of Mental Health (R25 MH080916). The authors thank Ember Lee and Tiffany Wang for their assistance preparing this manuscript; Drs. Ann Garland, Shelia Broyles and Sandra Daley for their input on the original development of the framework used in this study; and all of the BRIDGE Collaborative members for their years of commitment to this group.
Correspondence to: Lauren Brookman-Frazee, Child & Adolescent Services Research Center at Rady Children's Hospital, 3020 Children's Way MC5033 San Diego, California 92123. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
This article describes the formation and initial outcomes of a research-community collaborative group that was developed based on community-based participatory research principles. The group includes a transdisciplinary team of practitioners, funding agency representatives, researchers, and families of children with autism spectrum disorders, who partnered to improve community-based care for infants and toddlers at risk for autism through the implementation of evidence-based practices. Data from this group provide support for the feasibility of developing and sustaining a highly synergistic and productive research-community collaborative group who shares common goals to improve community care.