VCU has an enduring commitment to the Richmond region and to Virginia, identifying “collective urban and regional transformation” as a key focus area of its strategic plan Quest 2025. The university has a robust and rigorous community engaged research portfolio, including more than 250 community engaged research projects and more than 1,000 community partnerships. The Wright Center serves as a critical component of this research, bringing academic and community partners together to improve the health and well-being of all people. We mobilize existing strengths in community engagement and team science to engage stakeholder communities at every translational phase to become research partners and form collaborative clinical translational science teams. Working alongside the university’s Division of Community Engagement, Wright Center researchers coordinate VCU-led community engaged research activities to support community members and develop lasting partnerships.
Community reviewers are key to Community Review Board success. The experience, knowledge and passion that community reviewers bring to the research process is a tremendous asset.
A Community Review Board is a structured forum for researchers and community organizations that are interested in feedback from community members. It is composed of community members who serve as expert reviewers and provide feedback on various aspects of a proposed or ongoing research projects. Community members review sections of the project such as the design, implementation and recruitment strategies. The VCU Community Review Board was adapted from the model developed by the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance.
Answers to frequently asked questions about becoming a community reviewer.
Community-based participatory research is a collaborative approach to research that brings together the university and community in the research process, recognizing the unique contributions and expertise of each partner. Through partnerships among academic institutions, community organizations and community residents, the goal of the research is to address community needs, improve health outcomes and reduce health disparities.