Community Engagement (CE)

Community Engagement (CE) is critical to increase the reach, effectiveness, adoption, implementation, and maintenance of clinical and translational research.

The Community Engagement core through the Partnership of Academicians and Communities for Translation (PACT) aims to:

  • Facilitate Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR)
  • Educate and connect investigators and communities
  • Develop programs to improve relationships and build trust between academics and communities
  • Build capacity in community-academic partnerships
  • Provide funds for community engagement and research

Our Mission

To transform the way communities and researchers work together to design and conduct research by building bridges between health research, clinical practice and community health initiatives to improve the health of the people in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain Region.

Pilot Grant Program

One-year pilot grants to strengthen community-academic partnerships for translational research. Eligible grants support:

​​Joint pilot projects proposed by established community-academic partnerships, or

Development of new community-academic partnerships.

Pilot Grantee Training

Prepares CCTSI Community Engagement Pilot grantees with basic knowledge of community-based participatory research principles and partnership development.

Networking Events

Sponsored conferences and networking activities for community members and academics

Engaging Communities in Education and Research Conference (ECER)

Research Exchange and Networking Forum

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 Donald Nease, Jr, MD

Donald Nease, Jr., MD

Community Engagement Director
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Contact Us

Donald Nease, Jr., MD
Community Engagement Director

Montelle Tamez
Community Engagement Deputy Director
303-724-5736

Mary Fisher, MPH
Community Engagement Project Coordinator

Dee Smyth
Community Engagement Administrative Support
303-724-5731

Kaylee Rivera
Project Manager
303-724-7979