Community Engagement

Community PARTners  

CTSI makes community health priorities a priority. The Community PARTners Core links researchers and the community by partnering with diverse community members and organizations to build on a community’s strengths as well as learn about health topics. This engagement speeds up the time it typically takes to get research into the hands of those who will benefit.  

The Community PARTners Core supports nearly 200 ongoing member and organizational partnerships that encourage scientific findings to better human health and mental healthThese relationships bring people together to collaborate, foster public trust, and ultimately promote health equity for all. 

For researchers, the Core's team helps develop studies that address the complex health questions which community partners state are most concerning. It provides training as well as funding opportunities for research development and partnered data collection. 

For community organizations, the Core assists with providing evidence-based research interventions and practices. It supports communities with "getting the word out" on health research awareness and education.   

Community PARTners resources are available for: 

  • Faculty members and students whose scholarly projects, practicum assignments, or dissertations have a community-engagement component. 
  • Community organizations interested in partnering with academic researchers to help inform their organization’s health priorities. 

If you are a student looking to receive more information about working in communities, we suggest that you first consult your faculty mentors, inquire about resources related to community engagement, and explore ways in which your project can be part of a sustainable community effort. 

To get started,   submit a request for a consultation

Join the  Community PARTners mailing list to receive bi-weekly email announcements about available workshops, outreach events, educational classes, training materials and other resources. 

For more information or to schedule a consultation contact a Research Facilitator. 

Community PARTners Core Services

Courier Partnership

CTSI's Community PARTners Core, the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, the New Pittsburgh Courier, and the UPMC Center for Engagement & Inclusion collaborate on a monthly health page to provide relevant, evidence-based health information, statistics, and research opportunities to the local community and the Courier readership.  


The Community PARTners (Community Engagement Core) in collaboration with the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Community Research Advisory Board (CRAB) has developed a research ethics training for community partners involved in research studies. 


Grantees of these funds are building healthier communities by creating ideas on how to best share evidence-based science knowledge with their constituents. Community members then pass on their knowledge earned to those in their circles, shortening the time research takes to otherwise be circulated. 

Stakeholder Engagement Resource Guide

Community PARTners and Comparative Effectiveness Research Core leaders have developed a Stakeholder Engagement Resource Guide to assist investigators who are interested in community-engaged research.  

Team & Contact Info

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Elizabeth Miller, MD, PhD, FSAHM
Director, Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine Children's Hospital of UPMC Professor of Pediatrics University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Phone: 412-692-6677
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Bee Schindler, LMSW
Community Engagement Coordinator
Phone: 412-864-6092