Practical Steps to Community Engaged Research: From Inputs to Outcomes


  • Malika Roman Isler,

    1. (Research Assistant Professor of Social Medicine, UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine) is a social scientist who has focused on socio-cultural constructions of health, models of community partnership in research, and stakeholder engagement in emergent health issues and technologies.
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  • Giselle Corbie-Smith

    1. (Professor, Departments of Social Medicine and Medicine, UNC-Chapel Hill) is a clinician researcher, nationally recognized for her scholarly work on practical and ethical issues of involving communities of color in research.
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For decades, the dominant research paradigm has included trials conducted in clinical settings with little involvement from communities. The move toward community engaged research (CEnR) necessitates the inclusion of diverse perspectives to address complex problems. Using a relationship paradigm, CEnR reframes the context, considerations, practical steps, and outcomes of research.