In order to translate research findings into action more quickly, community and University research teams must act as equal partners in knowledge production and dissemination. These critical resources help support research teams at the University and in the community.

Community engagement references

Community engagement references

University of Minnesota Guidance Statement on the Performance of Community-Based Research

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

Community Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH)
CCPH is a nonprofit organization that promotes health through partnerships between communities and academic institutions. CCPH hosts an annual conference, provides links to additional resources and consultants nationally.

CES4Health is a free, online mechanism for peer-reviewing, publishing and disseminating products of health-related community-engaged scholarship that are in forms other than journal articles. On this website, you will find high-quality tools and resources that can be directly downloaded or obtained from the author, typically free-of-charge. All products posted on have been reviewed and recommended by expert academic and community reviewers. 

University of Minnesota Community Engaged Scholar Directory
Check out the directory to find U of M faculty who champion community-engaged research. 

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

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. The second edition publication (2011) was a collaborative effort of the CTSA Community Engagement Key Function Committee, which included members from the NIH, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Guiding Principles for Community-Engaged Research
The guiding principles were jointly developed by the UMN CTSI Community Engagement to Advance Research and Community Health (CEARCH) and collaborative council members focused on rural health, healthcare systems and health disparities for use by UMN researchers and community partners. The principles are intended to complement existing guidance statements that have been created by the university and other community organizations.

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

Research Partnership Checklist
This checklist was designed to provide community and university researchers with a guide for discussing common issues faced in community-engaged research projects. Based on Allen ML, Culhane-Pera K, Call KT, Pergament S. (2010) Partners in Research: Curricula to Prepare Community and Faculty for CBPR Partnerships., 2011. 

Community Members' Guide to Submitting a Research Grant Application
This guide, produced by the Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute, is created for community-based organizations interested in community-based research partnerships with academic researchers. It 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 guiding questions and a process outline can be used to guide early and ongoing conversations between community and campus partners to create health in a partnership as it is formed and the work to sustain it is undertaken. 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.

Research tools

Research tools

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

Cultural Competency Research Guide
A guide developed by the Southeastern Health Equity Council ‘s Cultural Competency Committee, of resources, trainers, institutions, and publications about cultural and linguistic competency that we can share with our members, stakeholders and partners to help address cultural barriers with our health care systems

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
Free Access Public Health is a website developed by the School of Public Health and the  Health Sciences Libraries to provide public health students and professionals free access to public health materials and up-to-date research. The information and tools available on the website cover a range of public health topics from Biostatistics and Environmental Health to Health Policy Management and Public Health Ethics, with links to tutorials to learn how to create a search strategy, professional development, search for literature, data sets and how to find funding.

The PRIMER project was established in 2008 to create an online library of resources to facilitate multi-site collaborations for health research. Quite often, these collaborations involve community-based organizations, academic institutions, or health care delivery settings. The PRIMER project was funded through an administrative supplement to the University of Washington's Institute for Translational Health Sciences Clinical and Translational Sciences Award (CTSA) UL1 RR025014 from the NIH National Center for Research Resources. PRIMER is endorsed by the Community Engagement (CE) Key Functions Committee (KFC) of the CTSA consortium and is a joint project involving representatives from the University of Washington’s Institute for Translational Health Science, the Duke Clinical Research Institute, and Wayne State University.

Public Engagement Faculty Resource Guide
The University of Minnesota Office for Public Engagement's 2016-2017 Public Engagement Faculty Resource Guide provides information on a broad range of community-engaged teaching and research resources for faculty, including workshops, grant opportunities, awards and internships.

References for specific health topics

References for specific health topics

Community Toolbox
The Community Tool Box is a global resource for free information on essential skills for building healthy communities. It offers more than 7,000 pages of practical guidance in creating change and improvement. This toolbox is provided by the University of Kansas.

Guide to Community Preventive Services
The Guide to Community Preventive Services is a free resource to help you choose programs and policies to improve health and prevent disease in your community. Systematic reviews are used to answer these questions: Which program and policy interventions have been proven effective? Are there effective interventions that are right for my community? What might effective interventions cost; what is the likely return on investment?

Health Sciences Library - Personal Health Information
The Bio-med Library at the UMN Twin Cities Campus can link you with consumer health information, health news coverage, and online medical reference materials. The library has a subject specialist who can assist you with locating additional information.

Tools for communication

Tools for communication

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



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

Graduate Minor in Health Equity
The minor promotes understanding of the root causes of health inequalities and explores practice and policy solutions to eliminate health inequalities. Understanding structural factors that lead to health inequalities prepares students to develop strategies to promote health equity. Courses approved for the minor are offered in a variety of disciplines throughout the University.