New Resource Offers Guidance for Engaging Communities in Research

Principles of Community EngagementThe NIH National Center for Research Resources introduces the second edition of Principles of Community Engagement.

This edition was developed as a partnership among the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Health Resources and Services Administration, other federal agencies, academic institutions, community organizations and individuals who are committed to advancing community engagement. Through the presentation of tools and success stories, Principles of Community Engagement (Second Edition) provides public health professionals, health care providers, researchers and community-based leaders and organizations with both the theoretical framework and practical guidance for engaging partners in projects to advance health science and benefit communities nationwide.

The first edition of Principles of Community Engagement was published in 1997 by the CDC and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Since then, the body of knowledge supporting community engagement principals and initiatives has grown. This second edition provides new information for those who are leading and learning about efforts to improve population health through community engagement.

Available Formats

Free copies will be provided to attendees of the Using IT to Improve Community Health: How Healthcare Reform Supports Innovation meeting on August 30 – 31, 2011, in Bethesda, Md.

In addition, a Spanish version is planned for fall 2011.