Community Research Van

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Researchers can access CTSI’s Community Research Van, designed to help University of Minnesota research teams and community partners conduct health studies out in the community, or disseminate community-based research.

Fill out the application

What’s in the van

Community Research VanThe Community Research Van is designed for health studies and community-based research dissemination and features:

  • SECA height/weight scale
  • Wall-mounted Desk and four chairs
  • Internet connectivity (Hotspot supporting up to 15 devices)
  • Sphygmomanometer for blood pressure measurement (Omron HEM-705CPN)
  • Powered wheelchair lift
  • Gas-powered generator with external power ports for powering equipment in the van
  • Overhead ventilation
  • Thermostat to regulate temperature in the van
  • Private space for data collection and/or one-on-one interviews
  • Additional space available to accommodate a stationary bike or small treadmill 

This mobile health van supports research-related activities that address human health issues. 

Eligibility 

  • Both University investigators and University-community research collaborations are eligible to request the mobile health van for studies within the five-state area.
  • There is no charge, other than fuel, for intermittent use in the 7-county Twin Cities metro area. Mileage charges at the current federal rate will be charged for distances outside of the metro.
  • Contact cearch@umn.edu for help finding a community collaborator such as a physician, clinic, nonprofit, or other community entity, or to identify a University partner. 

What studies are a fit?

We support health research projects that:

  • Interact with the public, such as by collecting data through surveys, focus groups, biospecimens, anthropometric measurements, or other similar means.
  • Have the potential to significantly impact individual and population health in a concrete and tangible way.
  • Contribute to proposals for external grant support for long-term research and evaluation projects.
  • Develop and sustain community-University partnerships.

How to request the van 

You can request to use the van by filling out an application form

Applications will be reviewed within four weeks of submission.