Community Advisory Board
The Community Engagement and Research Program provides consultation to faculty, students, and affiliated health care partners and community organizations on designing and conducting health-focused studies and outreach in community settings. The CERP works closely with a CAB to ensure that the perspective of different community stakeholders is considered and incorporated into all community-based research projects.
The CERP CAB Members represent a wide range of community members including health care providers, school-based representatives, and community service groups from Jacksonville and Gainesville. We currently are identifying members from Orlando. Faculty, students, and affiliated health care partners and community organizations can submit protocols to the CERP, which will be shared with CAB members for review and comment.
The CAB, with support from CERP faculty advisors, provides feedback on all aspects of community-based projects including study design, pilot studies, participant recruitment and retention strategies, data collection strategies, interpretation of study findings, and dissemination of findings to the community. The CAB members also can recommend potential research partners in the community.
The CERP Community Research Associated (CRAs) work closely with the CAB along with other community advisors, as needed, to be sure that a community perspective is incorporated into CERP-affiliated studies and projects. The CRAs along with the CERP faculty advisors will work with faculty and students to obtain the important perspective and input of CAB members on their projects.
CAB members currently are advising: the Southeast Center on Oral Health Disparities; faulty members working on the development of healthy neighborhoods in Gainesville, Jacksonville, and Orlando based on the national Promise Neighborhood Initiative; and faculty members who are developing strategies for conducting health risk assessments in community settings and for making referrals to community-based health promotion, prevention, and risk reduction intervention programs.