Protecting The Legacy

Our Partnerships

Current Partnerships

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 

CDC's mission is to keep Americans safe and healthy where they work, live and play. Scientists and disease detectives work around the world to track diseases, research outbreaks, respond to emergencies of all kinds, and use what they learn from this work to develop and advocate public health policies that strengthen America′s health and resilience.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


The Society for the Analysis of African American Public Health Issues (SAAPHI) 

Founded in 1991 as an affiliate of the American Public Health Association (APHA) SAAPHI is a non-profit national public health organization comprised of researchers, physicians, and health advocates dedicated to improving the overall health of African Americans. SAAPHI promotes and utilizes research to inform scientific knowledge, program development and policy decisions, advocates for appropriate public policies for health promotion and prevention among African Americans, and facilitates professional development, as well as social and leadership skills among its members.


National Community Center for Participatory Research Excellence (NCCPRE) 

NCCPRE is a cost-effective, centralized, sustainable entity designed to serve as the national clearinghouse for community-based research, providing linkages for partnership opportunities, disseminating important health and healthcare information. As a network of experienced community-based leaders from across the nation, divided into 10 U.S. regions, NCCPRE facilitates the transfer of knowledge between universities, funders, and communities, provide technical assistance and advocate at the state and federal level.


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program (RWJCSP) 

For more than three decades the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars program has fostered the development of physicians who are leading the transformation of health care in this country through positions in academic medicine, public health, and other leadership roles. Through the program, future leaders will learn to conduct innovative research and work with communities, organizations, practitioners and policy makers on issues important to the health and well-being of all Americans. The goal of the program is to integrate Scholars’ clinical expertise with training in program development and research methods to help them find solutions for the challenges posed by the U.S. healthcare system, community health and health services research. http://rwjcsp.unc.edu/about/

National Community-Based Organization Network (NCBON)

The National Community-Based Organization Network (NCBON) was established in 2004 by members of the Community Based Public Health (CBPH) Caucus in affiliation with the American Public Health Association (APHA). Community Based Organization (CBO) members of the Caucus concluded that if their role as community partners was to be fully realized, they needed to develop and effective network of CBOs who want to partner with academic institutions and government agencies to carry out research and solve community problems.


Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) is a nonprofit organization that promotes health (broadly defined) through partnerships between communities and higher educational institutions. Founded in 1996, this is a growing network of over 1,300 communities and campuses across North America and increasingly the world that are collaborating to promote health through service-learning, community-based participatory research, broad-based coalitions and other partnership strategies. These partnerships are powerful tools for improving higher education, civic engagement and the overall health of communities.


Community Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH)

The UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) is a research partnership of UCLA, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science and the Los Angeles Biomedical Institute at Harbor UCLA Medical Center. Its mission is to bring biomedical innovations to bear on the greatest health needs of Los Angeles—the largest and one of the most ethnically, socially and economically diverse counties in the United States. Its vision is to catalyze research that translates discoveries into tangible improvements in health care, disease prevention and treatment in Los Angeles County. The UCLA CTSI is one of more than 60 research “hubs” supported by the Clinical and Translational Sciences Award (CTSA) program National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS).



Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)

Established in 2005 as a collaborative effort among the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, UC Health and the Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the CCTST is a research resource and “academic home” for clinical and translational scientists and programs. 



The Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST)

The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Translational and Clinical Science Institute (NC TraCS)

The mission of the UNC CTSA is to accelerate clinical and translational research from health science to discovery to dissemination to patients and communities. They seek to overcome barriers to translation by improving efficiency, training the research workforce and sharing successful research methods.


The University of New Mexico Center for Participatory Research (UNM-CPR) was established in 2009 within the Health Sciences Center (HSC). UNM-CPR supports networks of research with community partners across the state addressing health inequities, through a participatory and partnered approach. UNM-CPR embraces the mission and principles of social justice of the Public Health Program; the UNM Health Policy Center's efforts in community-engaged health policy research; the HSC Office of Diversity’s vision of inclusion of diverse collective narratives and world-views; and the HSC Office of Community Health mission of coordinating HSC programs to improve health status in New Mexico.


The University of New Mexico Center for Participatory Research

Building Bridges to Optimum Health is a series of community-driven activities designed to address health disparities in Los Angeles County (beginning with prenatal health in 1992) and disseminating information to the community around these issues. This ongoing series of community partnered participatory research projects is directed toward educating the community and creating an opportunity for interaction between the lay community, community-based organizations, the faith-based community, health care providers, county health services, researchers, and academic institutions. A major health disparity is identified by community and then organized into a community educational seminar through a collaborative academic/community process. Information is presented to attendees by academic and community experts on the topic. A pre-posttest is administered to determine the level of increase in knowledge. There have been community educational seminars on topics ranging from preterm delivery, women’s health, clinical research, pain management, research ethics, memory disorders, mental health, childhood asthma, environmental health/justice, violence, chronic kidney disease and diabetes.  These collaborations have enabled new relationships between community and academia that have created new strategies to deliver effective educational messages, creating criterion for conducting the highest quality evidenced-based research and providing care.  The development of new research strategies has been generated through community input and published in the medical community bringing a new awareness and validity to the process. 

Building Bridges to Optimum Health

UCLA's primary purpose as a public research university is the creation, dissemination, preservation and application of knowledge for the betterment of our global society. To fulfill this mission, UCLA is committed to academic freedom in its fullest terms: We value open access to information, free and lively debate conducted with mutual respect for individuals, and freedom from intolerance. In all of our pursuits, we strive at once for excellence and diversity, recognizing that openness and inclusion produce true quality.


The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine & Science



Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science is a private non-profit student centered University that is committed to cultivating diverse health professional leaders who are dedicated to social justice and health equity for underserved populations through outstanding education, research, clinical service, and community engagement. Located in the Watts-Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles, CDU has graduated more than 550 medical doctors, 2,500 post-graduate physicians, more than 2,000 physician assistants and hundreds of other health professionals.  CDU has earned designation as a minority-serving institution by the U.S. Office of Civil Rights, and its College of Medicine (COM) is recognized by the Department of Education (DOE) as a Historically Black Graduate Institution (HBGI as designated by Title III B). The University is a charter member of the Hispanic Serving Health Professions Schools, a national nonprofit dedicated to improving the health of Hispanic people through research initiatives, training opportunities, and academic development.


The RAND Corporation, Santa Monica

The RAND Corporation is a research organization that develops solutions to public policy challenges to help make communities throughout the world safer and more secure, healthier and more prosperous. RAND brings together the finest researchers in the world and utilizes the very best analytical tools and methods to develop objective policy solutions. RAND delivers fact-based, actionable solutions grounded in rigorous analysis. RAND is nonprofit, nonpartisan and committed to the public interest.



UCLA Center for Health Services and Society

The Center strengthens resiliency and mental health in partnership with communities. The Center houses UCLA clinical faculty that includes adult psychiatrists and psychologists, child and geriatric psychiatry specialists, and staff, including doctoral level social scientists, master's level statisticians, and research and administrative staff.

Our mission is to strengthen resiliency and improve the mental health of local and national diverse populations through rigorous research, effective programs, and partnering with consumers, children and their families, community-based and policy agencies.


Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Since its beginning in 1902, Cedars-Sinai has evolved to meet the healthcare needs of one of the most diverse regions in the nation, continually setting new standards in quality and innovation in patient care, research, teaching and community service. Today, Cedars-Sinai is widely known for its national leadership in transforming healthcare for the benefit of patients. Clinical programs range from primary care for preventing, diagnosing and treating common conditions to specialized treatments for rare, complex and advanced illnesses.



LA BioMed is a 501(c)3 independent non-profit biomedical research organization that was founded in 1952. The Institute has over 100 principal investigators—MD’s, MD/PhD’s, and PhD’s—working on over 1,000 research studies. They are academically affiliated with the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and work in partnership with the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Their research is funded by many sources including: grants from the NIH and other government entities, Industry and teaching contracts and royalties, as well as private donors and other non-profit foundations.


The Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute (LA BioMed)

The Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR)

RCMAR is a national initiative to improve the health of minority Americans through scholarship, better public health interventions, and by fostering and mentoring the next generation of minority scholars. RCMAR centers located across the United States engage in scholarship and mentor emerging scholars. The National RCMAR Coordinating Center is housed at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, within the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.


This center addresses health disparities, focusing on quality of care and access to care and multidimensional factors that influence health outcomes; a collaboration with UCLA and RAND. Major areas include depression, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, and patient education.


Excellence in Partnerships for Community Outreach, Research on Health Disparities and Training

(Drew/UCLA Project EXPORT Center)

Accelerating Excellence in Translational Science (AXIS)

The Center supports translational approaches to reduce health disparities and enhances the training of young investigators. Major areas include chronic disease prevention/early intervention, including depression, as well as patient education.


The Good News Radio Magazine

This weekly lived internet program is designed to promote equity in holistic health outcomes and research involvement by (1) teaching stress reduction techniques and coping skills (2) creating awareness of chronic disease reduction and prevention strategies in the community and (3) cultivating trust and interest in Community-Partnered Participatory Research.  We invite Community-based Pastors, Spiritual Leaders, Healthcare Professionals, Academic Researchers and Community Members to share valuable, personal, professional, health and research information. Our goal is to engage and enlist the listeners as advocates for equity in holistic health and research involvement in the community. This is a partnership between HAAF and Charles R. Drew University of Medicine & Science Division of Community Engagement. A complete list and synopses of program topics (along with links to listen to the recordings) is available here: http://axis.cdrewu.edu/functions/community-engagement/good_news_radio. The Good News Radio Magazine is broadcast via Acceleratedradio.net on Wednesdays from 1-2pm.


Community Faculty

The Community Faculty is an innovative strategy that recognizes the rich expertise of community leaders. The program features community members and leaders who have "PhD's of the Sidewalk", that is, experience(s) that cannot be learned in a classroom. The course is designed to educate and train students and community workers in several aspects of minority health issues, screening techniques, cultural competence and community safety and awareness.


Past Partnerships

Los Angeles County Community Disaster Resilience (LACCDR)


The LACCDR project is a collaborative effort sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) that engaged community-based organizations in providing leadership and partnership to promote community resilience in the face of public health emergencies such as pandemics and disasters. Community Resilience is the capacity of the community as a whole to prepare for, respond to and recover from adverse events and unanticipated crises that threaten the health of all.  The key goal is to develop an active network of community agencies that work consistently with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) and the Emergency Network of Los Angeles (ENLA) to develop resilience in communities in the context of public health disasters.


UCLA-RAND NIMH Partnered Research Center for Quality Care                                     

A collaboration of UCLA, RAND, USC, and health plan, services agency, and community and consumer partners, the Center focused on improving access to quality mental health services in communities through studying the impact of interventions at policy, practice, and community levels; and partnerships in research and program development, implementation, and evaluation to achieve science that is formed by and can inform community-based services delivery.