Community Partners

Among CTSI's major accomplishments is the building of sustainable relationships with community partners to improve translational research.

Kevin Grumbach, MD

Director, Community Engagement & Health Policy 

Our community partners help us translate research into practice. We recognize the necessity of incorporating community insight and collaboration and are committed to strengthening the working relationship between UCSF and community stakeholders.

Through the Community Engagement & Health Policy (CE&HP) program, we support community-based initiatives and provide resources, services, and training to develop and support partnerships between UCSF and its wide range of community partners.

Our initiatives in this area include:

  • San Francisco Health Improvement Partnerships (SF HIP): This initiative brings UCSF researchers together with local public health experts, government (San Francisco Department of Public Health, SFDPH), public and private partners, and community-based organizations to improve the health of San Francisco communities. 
  • Consultation/Linkage: Our Consultation Services program provides community partners and researchers with expert advice about conducting community-engaged research, using research findings, and accessing community input, as well as assistance with linking community partners and UCSF researchers.
  • San Francisco Bay Collaborative Research Network (SF Bay CRN): The SF Bay CRN is a Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN) for community clinicians interested in collaborating on research projects and learning more about current research findings at UCSF.
  • Training: We offer education and training in the areas of research evaluation and research dissemination for community-based organizations and researchers who want to share findings with community stakeholders.
  • Resource Materials: UCSF faculty and community members have pooled experience and expertise to develop guides and manuals on community engaged research.

Working hand in hand with the UCSF Center for Community Engagement, which serves as a bridge between the UCSF and Bay Area communities, we are playing a part in bringing together the skills and wisdom of both academic researchers and community stakeholders that are necessary if research is to have an impact on public health.