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Community Partners and Scientists

Action Committee for Community Engagement in Research (ACCER)

The Rockefeller University Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) hosts an Action Committee for Community Engagement in Research (ACCER) as a subcommittee of the governing body of the CCTS. The ACCER is charged with leading implementation of the aims of the Community Engagement Core of the CCTS and primarily fosters the development and conduct of Community Engagement in research by building capacity with partners inside and outside of the CCTS, and identifying, encouraging, and supporting bidirectional collaborative research projects with community partners. The ACCER works closely with Community Engagement Core Co-Directors Dr. Rhonda Kost and Dr. Jonathan N. Tobin.

Aims of Community Engagement at the CCTS:

  • Build capacity to understand better the research priorities of the community, both directly through town hall meetings, and grassroots collaborations, as well as through collaborations with communities.
  • Educate the CCTS research community, affiliates, and partners in the principles of successful community engagement, and provide core resources and support to foster and enable Community Engaged Research.
  • Promote the development of collaborative community engaged research projects by Rockefeller University faculty, Clinical Scholars and other trainees through expansion of existing collaborations, and development of new collaborations.
  • Extend the successful research protocol Navigation process, which currently facilitates the development of scientifically and ethically optimized, adequately-resourced, GCP-ready research protocols, into a Community Engagement Research Navigation (CEnR) process, to facilitate the development, deployment, and completion of high quality collaborative CEnR research protocols.
  • Create novel methods and provide access to electronic tools in order to: a) disseminate validated methods and instruments to measure and improve health, b) obtain data directly from community members participating in clinical research to inform future initiatives, c) empower community health care clinicians to directly participate in clinical investigation while caring for their patients.