Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Center for Community Health

External Resources and Opportunities

Following are various resources that can assist you in learning about funding, and connect you with community health organizations.

News You Can Use

This page contains regularly updated bulletins from the Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities for community and academic partners searching for events, grant opportunities, calls for papers, proposals and other resources in public health and community engagement.

Background & Organizations

Minkler, M, & Wallerstein, N (Eds). (2008). Community-Based Participatory Research for Health: From Processes to Outcomes. 2nd Edition San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. The editors have brought together, in one important volume, a stellar panel of contributors who offer a comprehensive resource on the theory and application of community based participatory research. The book contains information on a wide variety of topics including planning and conducting research, working with communities, promoting social change, and core research methods. The book also contains a helpful appendix of tools, guides, checklists, sample protocols.

Israel , B. A., Schulz, A. J., Parker, E. A., & Becker, A. B. (1998). Review of community-based research: Assessing partnership approaches to improve public health. Annual Review of Public Health, 19, 173-202. This seminal article presents key principles of CBPR and discusses the rationale for its use.

Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) is a nonprofit membership organization that promotes health (broadly defined) through partnerships between communities and higher educational institutions.

Journal: Progress in Community Health Partnerships : Research, Education and Action
The Journal is dedicated to supporting CBPR and the work of community health partnerships that involve ongoing collaboration between community representatives and academic or governmental partners.

Local Networks

Chicago CTSAs for Community Engagement (C3)

C3 is comprised of Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. C3's mission is to knit together Chicago CTSA research efforts that respectfully involve community partners in every stage, from project design through data collection and analysis to results interpretation. C3 is committed to finding new ways to disseminate information about research findings. During 2009, C3 is holding three half-day seminars addressing topics important to network members and others interested in improving the health in Chicago.

For more information, go to the C3 website.

Chicago CBPR Network

The Chicago CBPR network is a collaborative entity that brings together Chicagoland universities, academic institutions and public serving organizations to discuss and advance academic/community engagement, community-based participatory research (CBPR) and research translation. The Chicago CBPR Network meets bimonthly at various venues around the city to address issues of common interest and to plan educational and technical assistance opportunities for researchers, practitioners and community-based organizations. The Network seeks to facilitate networking, collaboration, co-learning, and sharing of information and best practices among partners.

For more information and to learn about upcoming meetings, visit the network’s Yahoo Group webpage.