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 of Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region.
Our governing council, paid community liaisons, pilot grants and training programs, in conjunction with people from the communities we serve, work together to improve the health of people and reduce health disparities in Colorado and the surrounding region.
We have engaged 20 existing community-academic partnerships, which encompass more than four million community members, including rural, minority and under-served populations.
We aim to:
Stimulate new attitudes, practices and policies within the university and collaborating communities to make it easier to work together
Engage in research, participate in data monitoring and sponsor observational studies and evaluation of these efforts
Provide pilot grant funding
Provide resources to facilitate effective use of existing data
Sponsor community exchanges and training to enhance communication between communities and researchers
Broadly disseminate emerging information in health research
The PACT encompasses more than 20 Colorado communities, 940 physician practices, 28 hospitals, eight focus communities, eight Community Research Liaisons who are embedded in the focus communities, community engagement pilot grant awardees, faculty and staff participants from the Colorado Immersion Training in Community Engagement (CIT) program and a group of core staff dedicated to supporting the PACT and Community Engagement.