Community Engagement

The Institute for Integration of Medicine and Science (IIMS) is involved in community engagement through the Community Outreach, Participation, and Engagement (COPE) program by facilitating the interactions of clinical and translational researchers with community stakeholders.

We will work to develop a Community Outreach Resource Center to create a strong community-academic partnership infrastructure that will provide Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) training, help establish research priorities, and improve trust between the community and IIMS investigators. Our objectives are to:

  • Establish partnerships between the South Texas community and IIMS investigators by developing Transformed Area Health Education Center Boards (TABs)
  • Train TAB members and IIMS investigators in CBPR methods
  • Establish T2 research priorities based on community health assessments
  • Implement a Community Research Health Worker/Promatore Program

We have begun development of a Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN) Resource Center to transform existing academic-community clinician relationships by building on our experience and success with PBRNs. Our objectives are to:

As more information becomes available, we will post it to this site. Please contact us (562-IIMS or IIMS/ ) with any questions or for additional information.