CCETR supports research projects that translate new or current research findings into community settings, ranging from brief initial research consultations to collaborations on grant applications, project implementation and dissemination. Most services are provided free of charge. Please contact us to talk in more detail about your specific needs.
If you are interested in a consultation with CCETR, please submit a request here.
Our services largely involve the following:
CCETR facilitates linkages and collaborations with health systems, community organizations and leadership in diverse communities that are under-represented, under-served, or at higher risk for cancer incidence, morbidity and mortality.
- Finding community contacts appropriate for partnerships to address investigators’ research questions
- Coordinating meetings for investigator-community partnerships
- Assisting with identifying roles and responsibilities within investigator-community partnerships
- Diverse provider organizations, including national regional and local minority physician organizations (e.g., National Medical Association, Vietnamese American Medical Association)
- Minority service organizations (e.g., Organization of Hispanic Professionals, Chinese Professional Club, The Women’s Fund)
- Federal Qualified Community Health Centers and Federal Look-Alike Community Health Centers
- City and county public health clinics
CCETR assists with a range of activities to support investigators, including:
- Assist with development of research questions, drafting of specific aims and study design
- Review intramural or extramural grants prior to submission related to community-engaged research
- Identify preliminary/pilot data for grant applications
- Assist with evaluation plans
- Assist with recruitment and retention planning
- Advice on grant budgets and justification related to community partners
- Develop grant subcontracts with community partners
- Review study protocols, study instruments and consent form for cultural appropriateness
- Assist with the creation of Community Advisory Boards
- Assist with community-based staff training
- Assist with development of research dissemination plans (e.g., identifying goals, objectives, audience, content)
- Assist with community dissemination (e.g., lay media, websites)
- Collaborate on academic manuscripts
Minority and Women recruitment
Minority and Women Recruitment Program services are offered through CCETR. Researchers are provided advice on recruitment strategies for diverse participants as well as on the barriers and mechanics of minority recruitment. Specifically, services include:
- Historical registration and accrual data (by department, diagnosis, race/ethnicity, gender, etc.)
- Epidemiological data to support research proposals and research design (cancer incidence, prevalence, cancer statistics by race/ethnicity, gender, geographic region/area, etc.)
Grant writing assistance
- Assist with response to reviewer comments, including the development of clinical trial recruitment plans for minorities and women.
- Refine recruitment materials for appeal and relevancy to minorities, women and populations with low-health literacy and/or limited English proficiency.
- Assist with recruitment and retention of minorities and women to MD Anderson research protocols.
Research Navigation Program
Through the Research Navigation Program to Enhance Diversity, CCETR is working alongside multiple MD Anderson clinics to assist MD Anderson patients with either participating in a clinical trial or staying on a clinical trial.
As a part of the program, our Research Navigators provide patients with personalized support and guidance to assist with reducing participation barriers and increasing access to clinical trials by:
- Offering clinical trials education,
- Connecting patients to MD Anderson services and community resources (i.e., housing, transportation, and financial assistance), and
- Being a contact for general questions about MD Anderson support services.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please feel free to email us here or call (832) 750-7020.
We are currently providing services in:
- Thoracic, Head and Neck Medical Oncology
- Lymphoma & Myeloma
- Investigational Cancer Therapeutics
- Genitourinary Oncology
- In the planning and implementation phase(s) for providing services at Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital (LBJ)
Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences
Through a collaborative grant with UTHealth and MD Anderson, CCETR supports the Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences’ (CCTS) Community Engagement (CE) component. Through the below programs, the CCTS bridges the research-to-practice gap in local communities throughout Texas, including Northeast Texas, Houston, and the Rio Grande Valley. Through the CCTS, CCETR continues to offer community engagement opportunities for project implementation and dissemination.
CCTS CE Programs
- Community Health Initiated Research Partnership (CHIRP)
- Solutions in Action Workshop
- Translational Science Expert Panel
For more information about these programs and resources, please visit the CCTS CE website here.
Other services are available upon request
- Training/lectures: cancer disparities, community-engaged research, population demographics, health literacy, clinical trial navigation
- Technical support, consultation and cultural competency training/resources
- Assistance with finding CER research funding
Investigators receiving CCETR services should cite CCETR in the acknowledgement section of publications using the following statement: “This research received support from the Center for Community-Engaged Translational Research, a resource of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center."