YCCI RWJ Community Research Scholars

YCCI RWJ Community  Research Scholars

Yale is one of four sites in the country to provide research training through the Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Foundation Clinical Scholars Program, a two-year fellowship program that seeks to develop health leaders and influence the quality of health care. The program consists of a core curriculum that has been used for over 30 years but was expanded in 2005 to include a community-based research component in response to an increasing demand by funding agencies and policy makers for research to develop new interventions that demonstrate widespread community involvement.

As a result of the growing interest in this training as central to translating research into practice, YCCI asked the RWJ Clinical Scholars Program to offer its community-based participatory research (CBPR) course to other investigators on the health campus beginning in 2010, creating a cadre of YCCI Community Research Scholars.

The course covers the basic principles and processes of the CBPR approach, such as how to incorporate quantitative and qualitative research methodologies into CBPR; it also includes community outreach visits. To date, 13 trainees from the Schools of Medicine (including two medical students), Nursing, and Public Health have completed the course. So far, the response has been enthusiastic. Trainees have said they appreciated being exposed to CBPR mentors and resources, and have been motivated to pursue research projects using approaches gleaned from the course. For more information about this program, please contact georgina.lucas@yale.edu or marjorie.rosenthal@yale.edu.