The Community Engaged Research Core (CERC) is a shared resource of the Meharry Translational and Clinical Research Center (MeTRC) and the Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (VICTR). We support community engaged research to improve health practice and policy, reduce health disparities, and improve the health of communities across Tennessee.
Community Research Partners is a tool to spur conversations, collaborations and innovative strategies to address the health challenges in our communities. This growing network of community organizations, health advocates, government agencies and academic researchers are committed to building sustainable, research partnerships to improve health care and health outcomes for all of our community members.
The Meharry Translational Research Center (MeTRC) is a long-range endeavor to design and implement transformational clinical and translational research and its related training infrastructure at Meharry Medical College. The MeTRC incubates critical research questions and produces well-trained scientists ready to confront health disparities through independent research funding. The integrated training and enhanced research infrastructure provided by the MeTRC more fully balances research across the bench-to-bedside-to-community continuum and accelerates growth in translational and clinical health disparities research.
VICTR is Vanderbilt’s virtual home for clinical and translational research. Supported by the Vanderbilt Office of Research and the NIH sponsored Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA), the mission of the institute is to transform the way ideas and research discoveries make their way from origin to patient care.
The Meharry Research Concierge Services (MeRCury) is a research support service that offers directions to researchers who occasionally get lost in the bureaucratic landscape of sponsored research. Desiree Johnson is an Investigator Advocate that specializes in Vanderbilt-Meharry CTSA resources, and is a resource for the Community Engaged Research Core. Jared Elzey is the Project Manager and liaises the Vanderbilt-Meharry CTSA, CERC and the Meharry Translational Research Center with Meharry’s Office for Research. While neither directly conducts research, both are available to assist people that need guidance and resources for research projects that do, or may, interface with Meharry. Contact MeRCury via email at MeRCuryHelp@mmc.edu.
Principles of Community Engagement (Second Edition) provides public health professionals, health care providers, researchers, and community-based leaders and organizations with both a science base and practical guidance for engaging partners in projects that may affect them The principles of engagement can be used by people in a range of roles, from the program funder who needs to know how to support community engagement to the researcher or community leader who needs hands-on, practical information on how to mobilize the members of a community to partner in research initiatives. In addition, this primer provides tools for those who are leading efforts to improve population health through community engagement.