Community-engaged research extends research beyond the scientist-subject framework and builds collaborative relationships with communities to address local health and well-being. It creates two-way interaction and communication between community stakeholders and research centers.
This type of research trains investigators in principles of community-based participatory research – which includes proactively communicating scientific accomplishments to stakeholders in an informative and useful manner.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention defines community engagement as:
"…the process of working collaboratively with and through groups of people affiliated by geographic proximity, special interest, or similar situations to address issues affecting the wellbeing of those people. It is a powerful vehicle for bringing about environmental and behavioral changes that will improve the health of the community and its members. It often involves partnerships and coalitions that help mobilize resources and influence systems, change relationships among partners, and serve as catalysts for changing policies, programs, and practices" (CDC, 1997, p. 9).
The Mayo Clinic model expands on this definition to include the following pertinent stakeholder communities:
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