Community + Collaboration

Community engagement and collaboration is weaved throughout the fabric of Penn State. Penn State has a long history of and reputation for community engagement and an extensive, dedicated infrastructure that supports education and outreach.  The dissemination of healthcare discoveries happens through numerous community based programs and a network of faculty covering every county in Pennsylvania. Penn State’s 24 campuses across the Commonwealth provide training in nursing, community health and health policy.

An integrated approach to community engagement and collaboration is essential to high impact clinical and translational science. The Clinical + Translational Science Institute supports community engaged translational and multidisciplinary research through education, research and engagement across all aspects of the Institute.

Community Engaged Health Research is the ongoing process in which health research is based in communities, serves the needs of the communities, directly involves community participants and is conducted by partnerships between University investigators and community members.

Communities  are geographically defined areas, population subgroups, stakeholders, healthcare provides, industry, public health agencies, patient groups, community organizations and more.

The Clinical and Translational Science Institute works with Penn State researchers and the community to:
  • provide assistance with the engagement of  community and multi-disciplinary research teams in strategic partnerships that translate research into policy and practice
  • ensure communities have the capacity to participate as full partners in the research process, are consulted for their research priorities, respected, valued and rewarded for collaborative activities
  • ensure understanding of and strong support for research and ultimately the enhanced health of individuals and communities across their lifespan
  • nurture opportunities for scientific discoveries
  • develop evidence based practices for successful university/community partnerships
  • facilitate the development of community health coalitions
Researchers interested in more information or to request help in setting up a research project in the community, please use this form.
Stakeholders and communities interested in more information or working with the Clinical + Translational Science Institute please email