Center for Community Health (CCH)

The Center for Community Health (CCH) provides leadership and support for community and stakeholder engagement in research - connecting investigators with over 200 partners across the community, clinical, public health, and policy sectors. As a center with a presence in both the Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM) and NUCATS Institute, CCH provides community and stakeholder engagement infrastructure across the research spectrum. Developing these reciprocal relationships links the complementary perspectives, skills, and resources of a wide array of people and organizations to create and disseminate knowledge, accelerate science, and ultimately improve the health and healthcare of communities.

A key aspect of taking research from an academy setting into the community is connecting investigators with community-based experts who understand the health challenges and goals of the community. This can help the community become mobilized and engaged in the research resulting in more meaningful research outcomes.

By the Numbers

  • Provided consultation support to 334 university-based investigators from 2007-2015

  • Maintained relationships with over 228 community partners, and 50 practices that operate 80 clinical sites across the Chicagoland area

  • “High-users” of CCH services include 100 faculty members who from 2008 to 2015 submitted 955 research proposals for extramural funding, secured $136.4M in awards and authored 1813 publications in peer-reviewed journals

  • Recruited over 20,000 participants with support from our community partners

  • Hosted over 102 workshops on community engagement research methods since 2008

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Ron Ackerman, MD/MPH

"We offer a bold new vision for engaging communities and other stakeholders that will enable Feinberg to emerge rapidly as a national epicenter for research that improves the health and healthcare of Chicago and beyond."
Ron Ackermann, MD/MPH
Director, Center for Community Health

About

An overview of CCH.

Leadership and Governance

The leadership and governance structure of CCH

Consultation and Advice

Learn more about how CCH can help with your research

Resources and Services

Our expert team is available to share the principles and approaches that build effective collaborations ensuring that their potential is reached - both in terms of academic and community impact.

Success Stories

Learn how researchers have used our services to further their current and future projects. 

Media

Learn how CCH's support has impacted community-based research projects.