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Community Engagement

Community Engagement and Research Program (CERP)

For Investigators


Community Partnered Research Meeting at Charles Drew University. Attendees include Norma Mtume, Aziza Lucas Wright, Charles Drew research faculty, Stefanie Vassar, D’Ann Morris and Sheba George.

Thank you for your interest in the UCLA CTSI Community Engagement and Research Program (CERP) Consultation Service! We provide a unique service to academic and community research partners: a group of experts from academic (Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Charles Drew University, the Lundquist Institute for Biomedical Innovation at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, and UCLA) and community partners and stakeholder organization with many perspectives and specialized experience to help move current or planned projects forward. CERP consultations are for community-engaged research projects looking for input on methods, engagement, partnership strategies, evaluation, grant preparation, community advisory board implementation, dissemination, or any issue that will further a current or prospective research project.



  • Ability to gain access and insight into community priorities, knowledge, resources, health assets and health challenges
  • Gain advisory guidance from community members on research applicability and policy implications towards improving public health
  • Mutally-beneficial partnership with community partners to work together to impact public health who share an interest in improving the health of LA County
  • Community Partner matchmaking 
  • Community outreach assistance for recruitment and data collection from multilingual staff members
  • Grant preparation assistance for incorporating community-engaged or health services research into grant proposals
  • Pilot funding/incentives for community based research projects
  • Strategies to promote academic-community collaborations
  • Research dissemination strategies to communities stakeholders

More information:

  • Request a consultation - link coming soon!
  • Flyer - link coming soon!

For questions, contact cerp@mednet.ucla.edu.  

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