Tools & Resources

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Community engaged research

Research Partnership Checklist
The checklist provides a guide for discussing common issues in community-engaged research projects.

"The Research Partnership Checklist was indispensable in the formation of the relationship between the University-based PI and myself, the community-based PI."

Angela Lewis-Dmello, Domestic Abuse Project

Principles of Community Engagement
This primer serves as a guide to students, faculty, and community members for understanding the principles of commu­nity engagement in health promotion and research and their application in multiple settings.

University of Minnesota Guidance Statement on the Performance of Community-Based Research
The statement outlines best practices for respectful and productive relationships with community partners.

This is a free, online mechanism for peer-reviewing, publishing, and disseminating products of health-related community-engaged scholarship in forms other than journal articles. You can get tools and resources from the author, typically for free. All products have been reviewed and recommended by expert academic and community reviewers. 

University of Minnesota Community-Engaged Scholar Directory
This directory lists individuals from across the University of Minnesota whose academic scholarship encompasses public engagement. This directory helps foster professional connections and advance the public engagement.

Resources for Community-Engaged Research
These training materials prepare individuals from immigrant and refugee communities and academic faculty to collaborate on community-based participatory research (CBPR) projects. Training consists of two separate but parallel comprehensive curricula for community members and researchers who are new to CBPR and developing partnerships.

Guiding Principles for Community-Engaged Research
The guiding principles for UMN researchers and community partners complement existing guidance statements created by the University and other community organizations. 

Community Members' Guide to Submitting a Research Grant Application
The guide outlines the steps required to submit a federal grant application to funding agencies such as National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

The Community Impact Statement: A Tool for Creating Healthy Partnerships
This set of questions and a process outline guides early and ongoing conversations between community and campus partners to create health in a partnership. This process is based on the lessons learned through the work of the Phillips Neighborhood Healthy Housing Collaborative (PNHHC), which included members of the Phillips community and University of Minnesota faculty members.

Tools for researchers

Community-Centered Dissemination Toolkit
The toolkit helps research teams incorporate community-engagement principles into dissemination.

The website serves medical and public health researchers and professionals who wish to learn more about biostatistics. Carefully selected and reviewed training materials are especially suited for a non-statistician audience.

CTSpedia is a living repository of analysis tools and educational materials for conducting statistical analysis, developing best statistical practices, and training in clinical and translational research.

Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM)
The online virtual library for Minnesota residents contains full-text magazine, newspaper, and reference articles as well as videos, images, and information from encyclopedias, almanacs, directories, and other information resources. Any articles not available in full text can be requested through MNLINK as a loan from a public library.

Free Access Public Health
The website provides public health students and professionals free access to public health materials and up-to-date research. The information and tools cover a range of public health topics—such as biostatistics, environmental health, health policy management, and public health ethics. Links to tutorials cover how to create a search strategy, professional development, literature searches, data sets, and how to find funding.

This online library of resources facilitates multi-site collaborations for health research involving community-based organizations, academic institutions, or health care delivery settings.

Public Engagement Faculty Resource Guide
The guide from the University of Minnesota Office for Public Engagement includes a broad range of community-engaged teaching and research resources for faculty, including workshops, grant opportunities, awards, and internships.

Diverse Community Media Directory
Updated annually, this directory from the Minnesota Department of Health provides information on various media outlets (print, TV, radio) by cultural community.

References for specific health topics

Community Tool Box
The Community Tool Box provides information on essential skills for building healthy communities. The global, free resource from the University of Kansas offers more than 7,000 pages of practical guidance on taking action, teaching, and training others in organizing for community development. 

CDC Guide to Community Preventive Services
This guide can help you select interventions to improve health and prevent disease in your state, community, community organization, business, healthcare organization, or school. It features evidence-based findings of the Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

Health Sciences Library - Personal Health Information
The Health Sciences Library at the UMN Twin Cities Campus can provide consumer health information, health news coverage, and online medical reference materials. Plus, the library’s subject specialist can help locate additional information.

Health equity resources

Health Equity Program
The Health Equity Program at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health (SPH) aims to pave the way for crucial social change that will give all people the chance for a healthy life. Their work promotes understanding barriers to health, investigating their causes, and providing evidence for policies and actions to break them down.

Health Equity Work Group
Formerly the Health Disparities Work Group, the group aims to give greater visibility to health inequalities research at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health (SPH) and nationally, develop collaborations with faculty and community partners, and ensure SPH students are well-trained to work in a diverse society.

Program in Health Disparities Research
Housed within the University of Minnesota Medical School, the Program in Health Disparities Research is driven to improve health for all through research, education, community engagement, and policy.

Health Equity Leadership and Mentorship Program (HELM)
HELM aims to enhance the academic excellence and leadership capacity of diverse faculty and health disparities researchers at the University of Minnesota. A new cohort of HELM fellows is selected annually to participate in the program. Applications typically open in the spring.

Health Equity in Policy Initiative (HEPI)
The UMN Program in Health Disparities Research initiative seeks to bridge the information gaps between underserved communities, researchers, and decision-makers through policy initiatives that promote the health and safety priorities of its community partners.

Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Center for Health Equity
The center connects, strengthens, and amplifies health equity efforts within MDH and across the state of Minnesota. 

Minnesota Doctors for Health Equity
The statewide coalition educates health professionals to work toward health equity. Its vision is for health professionals to use their voice, knowledge, and influence to eliminate the inequities that exist in health and healthcare, while working effectively with their patients, health systems, communities, and decision makers to address health equity wherever they live, work, learn, and play. 

Graduate Minor in Health Equity
The minor prepares students to develop strategies to promote health equity. It does this by promoting understanding of the root causes of health inequalities and exploring practice and policy solutions to eliminate health inequalities. Courses approved for the minor are offered in a variety of disciplines throughout the University.

Community-­based Participatory Research (PubH 6815)
This introductory course is intended for graduate students and community practitioners interested in adding Community-­based Participatory Research (CBPR) to their repertoire of effective approaches to understanding and addressing social and health disparities.


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