Community Engagement Research Program (CERP)
The Community Engagement Research Program (CERP) supports community-university research partnerships, obtains community input into university research, and increases health research in community settings that is responsive to the health needs of the community. It connects existing academic community research programs from Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) and Emory University’s Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center, transforms research from a scientist-subject interaction to an equitable partnership, and trains investigators in principles of community-based participatory research. To reduce health disparities, CERP:
- Creates a continuous community involvement process to reach communities and practitioners, share findings, and engage communities
- Generates new research programs
- Conducts courses and seminars on community-based participatory research
- Builds community capacity to generate research questions and work toward the improvement of community health
A Steering Board, containing a community representative majority and chair, oversees all CERP activities. The CDC-funded Prevention Research Centers at Emory and MSM provide leadership for the program. Other academic units contributing to CERP include: the Center for AIDS Research, the Jane Fonda Center, the Nell Hodgson School of Nursing at Emory, the Community Physicians' Network, the Southeastern Clinicians Research Network, and the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at MSM.