Community Network for Research Equity & Impact
“Yes, we want a seat at the table, but we also want to create a new table...a new paradigm for research”
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other research funding agencies have identified community engagement in research as central to understanding and addressing racial, ethnic, linguistic and socioeconomic health disparities. Substantial investments are being made to support faculty members and academic institutions to engage communities and to conduct health research in and with communities. Universities and academic researchers have established pathways and networks for professional development and peer support. As community organizations increasingly engage in research partnerships with academic institutions and initiate and conduct their own research, they need supports for their research roles as well.
Toward that end, Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) and the Center for Community Health Education Research and Service (CCHERS) obtained NIH R13 funding for three successful National Community Partner Forums on Community-Engaged Health Disparities Research held in 2011 in Boston, in 2012 in Washington, DC and in 2014 in Chicago. Through a national call for applications and rigorous peer review process, a diverse group of over 200 community partners from across the country have come together through these forums to deepen the knowledge and skills they need to successfully conduct community-engaged health disparities research, negotiate community-academic research partnerships and serve in leadership roles. Uniquely designed “by and for” community partners, the forums have built an ongoing network for community partner professional development and peer support. The resulting network, formally established in January 2013 as the Community Network for Research Equity and Impact (CNREI), aims to ensure that communities have a significant voice in decisions about research practice and policy, are true partners in research, and fully benefit from the knowledge gained through research.
In February 2013, the CNREI released a report that articulates an Agenda for Action and describes how communities want a shared, balanced, and equal ownership stake in the decision making systems for research at federal, tribal and state levels, and within academic institutions. The report invited community leaders involved or interested in community-engaged research, whether they attended a forum or not, to join the CNREI. The CNREI has since grown to over 300 community partners, reflecting diversity in terms of participant location, race/ethnicity, gender, research experience and funding.
Community leaders and community-based organizations may join the CNREI by completing this form. There is no fee to join.