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.
Our services fall largely in the following categories:
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.
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 and the Duncan Family Institute in the acknowledgement section of publications using the following statement: “This work was supported by the Center for Community Engaged Translational Research (CCETR), a resource of the Duncan Family Institute for Cancer Prevention and Risk Assessment."