Take Charge of Your Health Today: CTSI…Collaborating to design research with impact

We are entering our 12th year of this collaboration with the New Pittsburgh Courier, the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, UPMC Center for Engagement and Inclusion, and the University of Pittsburgh’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI).

CTSI is committed to ensuring that community priorities are routinely recognized and addressed (reciprocity), that studies anticipate and accommodate participant concerns and needs (receptivity), and that community members contribute meaningfully at every step of the research process (collaboration).

By embedding these concepts in CTSI programs, we seek to enable the design and conduct of research with impact. The health pages in the Courier are accompanied by a Lunch and Learn series (currently virtual) to hear about the research in greater detail. 

In 2023, we hope to bring back the Dinner and Dialogue series, which take place at the University of Pittsburgh Community Engagement Centers, and encourage deeper discussion about topics featured in these pages.

These monthly health pages began by sharing the findings from the “Allegheny County Health in Black and White,” a report produced in 2011 by the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, Allegheny County Health Department, and the University of Pittsburgh University Center for Social and Urban Research.

Now, the monthly health pages feature current research on a health topic, community resources, and reflections from the Urban League’s president Carlos Carter. It is fitting that we are focusing the 2023 health pages on social and structural influences on health. We will reflect back on what we reported on over a decade ago, where there has been progress, and where we need more research and action.

Thank you for joining us in this shared learning!  Please send feedback and ideas for topics to cover via email to leah.mckown@pitt.edu.


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