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The Office of Community Engaged Research and Practice (CERP) leads the growth of the college’s interdisciplinary, community engaged research and practice activities as part of its mission to reduce health inequities and improve the health and well-being of the community. With the guidance of our advisory committees, the office cultivates partnerships between the college, local organizations and community members; supports collaborative efforts to obtain internal and external funding; and builds capacity for community engaged work within the college and its partners through curricula development, community lectures and educational trainings.
Our long-term goal is to integrate community voice into the College of Public Health's activities, initiatives and priorities and make the college known for excellence in community engaged research, teaching and practice.
CERP's mission is to advance community engaged research, teaching and practice for transformative social change, justice and health equity. We use participatory approaches to achieve this goal by:
Central to all of our work is communicating with openness and accountability to provide high-quality service. CERP is committed to the following core values: