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Melissa Hansen
Research Navigator
612-625-CTSI (2874)

CTSI's main goal is to improve the health of our communities through clinical and translational science research.

We are committed to working with our communities to achieve this goal, and established the Community Engagement to Advance Research and Community Health (CEARCH) -- then the Office of Community Engagement for Health -- in 2009 to move our work forward together.

CEARCH is led by Mickey Eder, PhD, and guided by a steering committee composed of community and University of Minnesota leaders. Focus areas are rural health, health equity, child health, and health systems improvement.


  • Aerial UMNEstablish a unifying transformative framework of engaged scholarship to strengthen mutual trust and respect between the University and the community and to expand their research collaborations.
  • Establish mechanisms to enhance respectful and reciprocal use of research knowledge and resources.
  • Promote engaged scholarship, wherein researchers work collaboratively with community partners to identify researchable issues that matter to the community and then coproduce relevant knowledge.
  • Support dissemination and implementation of research results.

Services: How we can help you

  • Consultation with investigators on engagement strategies.
  • Links to other resources for community members and University investigators.
  • Pilot grant funding awarded annually to support community-University research collaborations.
  • Assistance locating a community or University research partner.