About Us

The mission of the CEAR Core is to facilitate community-based research and community engagement, and enhance the translation of research and technological developments to key public health and community stakeholders. The CEAR Core is part of the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA), which is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and awarded jointly to the University of Pennsylvania and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

The CEAR Core aims to build capacity for community-engaged research in the Penn community through providing links to relevant information and resources, training and seminars, consultation, and support for pilot research.

Working closely with the UPenn Prevention Research Center (PRC) and the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE), the specific goals of the CEAR Core are to:

Expand the engagement of communities of providers, patients and citizens into all phases of research across the continuum of clinical trials, patient research, and community participatory research.

Provide support and foster expertise in methods effectively to involve communities in research that cuts across schools, programs, centers and health systems.

Bridge the adult-pediatric divide in community-engaged research through multi-disciplinary team science, focusing on patient research engagement boards, community scholars-in-residence, and comparative effectiveness research.

Leveraging emerging healthcare and research technology better to translate therapeutic discoveries as well as test innovative prevention and behavior change strategies to increase uptake of evidence-based therapies.

Advance translational research and health equity research through regional and national collaborations to facilitate testing, implementation and dissemination of effective prevention and treatment modalities and community-engaged research methods.

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Researcher readiness for participating in community-engaged dissemination and implementation research: a conceptual framework of core competencies

Shea et al., 2017 Translational Behavioral Medicine