Community engagement in research

January 3, 2017

Healthy kids eating apples outsideA University of Minnesota research team found that early childhood care and education providers are making significant strides in ensuring kids eat healthy food and are physically active

Findings are from a follow-up survey to a 2010 study that was jointly funded by CTSI and the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

November 20, 2016

Rebecca Shlafer and Katy Kozhimannil“Our CTSI-supported research project didn’t just inform public policy; it led directly to the creation of new legislation,” says Dr. Rebecca Shlafer.

Fellow U of M faculty member Dr. Katy Kozhimannil adds, “CTSI support formalized our University-community partnership, which was critical to our ability to make a nationwide impact with our work."

October 3, 2016

Ricky DeFoe addresses a packed room at Cloquet's Community Forum on Heroin and Opioid Abuse, sharing his experience in losing a daughter to a heroin overdose. Also pictured are co-panelists and Carlton County Drug Abuse Task Force members Richard Colsen, CTSI support enabled Assistant Professor Laura Palombi, PharmD, MPH, and a community task force to hold a CTSI-supported forum on heroin and opioid abuse that successfully rallied a northern Minnesota town.

Dr. Palombi credits CTSI as the "jump-start” that propelled everything forward, including subsequent funding to replicate best practices in other rural communities. 

August 17, 2016

“We want to give people who aren’t affiliated with the University a meaningful way to contribute to research, while arming investigators with insights that can benefit their studies.”

August 1, 2016

Drs. Caspi and CutlerResearchers from the University of Minnesota and Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota are collaborating on a study that explores a new approach for connecting food insecure families with food and nutrition resources, thanks to funding from CTSI, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, and the University’s Department of Pediatrics.

June 30, 2016

CTSI has awarded $200,000 to five health research collaborative partnerships between University of Minnesota investigators and individuals unaffiliated with the University.

June 7, 2016

The new Community Discovery Program for Child Health Innovation program is now soliciting public input about a challenge or experience related to children’s hospital stays, health conditions, or home health care that might be improved through the development of new medical device solutions.

April 27, 2016

Kimberly DehnCTSI recently hired Kimberly Dehn in the newly developed Research Liaison role at the M Health Clinics and Surgery Center (CSC) where she will provide research information to patients and work to increase patient and staff research awareness.

March 25, 2016

Grantee spotlight: Aaron Kelly“Initial funding from CTSI led to a nearly three-million-dollar NIH grant to advance our research. CTSI’s support enabled us to demonstrate the effectiveness of the treatment we’re investigating, and that further studies on the topic could be feasible, particularly in terms of attracting enough research participants.”

- Dr. Aaron Kelly discussing his research with Children’s Hospital collaborator Dr. Jennifer Abuzzahab, to advance research that has revealed a promising way to help adolescents with severe obesity 

March 9, 2016

CTSI has released a report that evaluates the Community Health Collaborative Grant award program, which aims to support research projects that lead to health improvements, while sustaining long-term partnerships between University of Minnesota researchers and community representatives.

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