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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.

Public Health Review

The Public Health Review is a graduate student-led, online, peer-reviewed, open-access public health journal published by the University of Minnesota Libraries. It provides students, alumni, and professionals from any discipline or affiliation the opportunity to publish public health-related material in a peer-reviewed journal. The affiliation with the University of Minnesota Libraries publishing arm allows articles submitted through this platform to be indexed and cited by other scholarly work.

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 provides opportunities for diverse faculty and health disparities researchers at the University of Minnesota to meet with local and national leaders on topics of leadership development and health equity issues to develop a professional network with other health equity scholars to reduce health inequities.

Center for Antiracism Research for Health Equity (CARHE)

CARHE publishes articles related to news and research conducted at the center and highlights of antiracist work led by School of Public Health students, faculty, and alumni.

CTSI's Rural Health Program

The program fosters networking, learning, and collaboration through training, fellowship opportunities, and the Rural Collective to improve health, quality of life, and community resources for rural people and places throughout Minnesota and across the United States. 

The Gender Policy Report

The report offers virtual dialogues with leading gender scholars, researchers, practitioners, and policymakers to bring together the best thinking and research for complex public policy problems related to gender equality and equity. 

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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