community engagement core

Welcome from the Community Engagement Core

A note from Sara Young, Emily Matt Salois, and Anna Buerhaus

"The overall goal of the MT INBRE Community Engagement Core is to foster and enhance tribal and rural community partnerships to mitigate health disparities.

We believe that community members know what health concerns are most important to their communities and what strategies for addressing them may be most effective.

We are excited to help Montana-based investigators plan and execute research centered on the mutual goal of improved community health through engagement, dialogue, and collective problem solving."


Community Engagement Core Goals

  • Foster and enhance tribal and rural community partnerships designed to mitigate health disparities
  • Build sustainable collaborations using community-based participatory research (CBPR) methods
  • Improve community health through engagement, dialogue and collective problem solving
  • Help create and maintain equitable research collaborations

Core Details

Our expertise resides in a team of community-academic partners who highly value the goal of improved community health through engagement, dialogue, and collective problem solving.

Meet the Team

Our main goal is to foster and enhance tribal and rural community partnerships designed to mitigate health disparities through community engagement. To do this requires building sustainable community collaborations grounded in community-based participatory research (CBPR) practices and innovative health communications that consider a community's relevant cultural, linguistic and literacy needs.

Our approach is grounded in community-based participatory research (CBPR). We believe that community members know what health concerns are most important to their communities and what strategies for addressing them may be most effective. The CEC utilizes a cyclical methodological model that entails continual leadership, input, and feedback from community members and is based on the Native or rural community being an equitable partner in the research.

The CEC helps researchers interested in pursuing projects in rural and Native communities with the following:

  • Project planning using CBPR principles
  • Facilitating introductions to potential partners (such as tribal colleges, tribal health organizations, tribal schools and other civic organizations)
  • Identifying strategies for deepening relationships
  • Listening to and learning about the needs of communities from those who live there to better understand community-defined priorities and needs
  • Helping gain broader tribal community support of research projects
  • Helping researchers plan projects that are meaningful to communities
  • Providing support during project implementation
  • Problem solving, navigating challenges and communicating research possibilities

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