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About Us

About US

The Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Children’s National (CTSI-CN) is a partnership between Children’s National Hospital and George Washington University designed to accelerate the translation of research into improved child, family, and community health by fostering collaborative dialogue and investigations.

Community Engagement in Research

Successful translation of science into improved population health requires community support and involvement at all levels – volunteers who participate in clinical trials, health care providers and community leaders who help neighbors adopt healthier behaviors, and community-based organizations and citizens who work for political and policy change for better health1.

The Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Children’s National (CTSI-CN) promotes community engagement in research by building long-term, bi-directional partnerships with clinical and community organizations in the Washington, DC, area. We help investigators use principles and methods of community engagement in their clinical and translational research. We ensure that the voice of local communities is part of the research process, building trust and lasting relationships that lead to sustainable changes in community health.

1. CTSA Consortium Community Engagement Key Function Committee & Community Engagement Workshop Planning Committee, 2008

Community Engagement Initiatives

  • Community Advisory Board comprised of local DC organizations, for perspective on research priorities, methodologies, and focus
  • Science Cafes to foster dialogue between the public and researchers
  • Consultation and academic courses in community-based health policy and translational research, including comparative effectiveness research
  • Online training for community health centers in research design, conduct, and dissemination
  • Matching of investigators and community representatives for collaboration across similar research interests
  • Staffing of Internal Review Boards with diverse community members

CTSI-CN Community Engagement Core Leadership

Katy Roche, PhD
George Washington University
Director, CTSI-CN Community Engagement Core
Chaya Merrill, DrPH
Children’s National Hospital
Co-Director, CTSI-CN Community Engagement Core
Elizabeth Andrade, DrPH, MPH
George Washington University
CTSI-CN Community Engagement Core