Human health research cannot exist without the support and input of the community whose lives it seeks to improve. The Wright Center serves as a critical component of VCU’s efforts to engage the community in its research, bringing academic and community partners together to improve the health and well-being of all people. The center mobilizes existing strengths in collaboration and Team Science to engage stakeholder communities at every phase of research and form partnerships between scientists and the public. Working alongside the university’s Center for Community Engagement and Impact, Wright Center researchers coordinate VCU-led community engaged research activities to support community members and develop lasting partnerships.
The Community Review Board is a structured forum for researchers interested in feedback from the community on their research project. It is composed of community members who serve as expert reviewers and provide feedback on various aspects of a proposed or ongoing research project. Community members review and offer feedback on sections of the project, such as the design, implementation and recruitment strategies.
Community reviewers are key to Community Review Board success. The experience, knowledge and passion that community reviewers bring to the research process are tremendous assets. Learn more about how to participate.
The Community Engaged Research Seminar Series is a three-part series geared toward researchers interested in integrating community-centric principles into their human health research. Researchers can watch the series at its Kaltura channel linked above. For upcoming events, subscribe to the center’s regular newsletter.
The Virginia Ambulatory Care Outcomes Research Network, or ACORN, is a partnership between primary care practices and a multidisciplinary team of researchers from the VCU Department of Family Medicine and Population Health. ACORN’s mission is to improve health and transform care delivery through primary care research and implementation. Several ACORN leaders are supported by the Wright Center.
Engaging Richmond is a partnership between community members and VCU researchers. Since the project’s inception in 2011, the members of the Engaging Richmond team have used mixed-methods research to explore the social and environmental factors that influence health.