The CCHE team includes Research Ambassadors (RAs), individuals that live, work and play in the Wisconsin communities they serve. The RA position is critical to identify, develop and nurture collaborative research partnerships — and research capacity development opportunities – of interest to members of underserved communities and UW academic partners.
*New* Read our Winter 2021 publication on our Research Ambassador partnership with United Community Center!
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The CCHE Ambassadors advance community-academic research partnerships in rural and urban sites in the state including Madison, Milwaukee and multiple tribal communities in Northern WI. Ambassadors establish new and maintain existing relationships with our community partners; represent the services, programs, and interests of CCHE and the UW ICTR, and navigate a variety of community and academic expertise and resources to liaison investigators, community members and the Center.
Our Ambassadors are advantaged by the ability to serve as a constant presence in different academic and community settings, and to contribute to multiple partnership activities. They are not dependent on any one project’s start/end date, so can move across projects and also link projects that share goals or target specific communities. Each Ambassador is familiar with and able to speak to community health priorities, as well as the community resources and assets to address these priorities. This allows us to more rapidly identify how an academic partner can engage and contribute. CCHE’s investment in RAs allows us to reach and engage with communities that may not have been successfully or positively engaged in research activities before now.
Achieving health equity requires efforts to address historical and contemporary injustices; to overcome economic, social, and other obstacles to health and healthcare; and to eliminate preventable health disparities. The Research Ambassador role is one way CCHE makes this effort, as part of an overall approach to Community Engagement with a focus on collaboratively identifying challenges and priorities and proposing solutions with bi-directional benefit and reliance on assets that each partner holds.
Our current Research Ambassadors are Al Castro & Shary Perez (Milwaukee) and Tyson Jackson (Dane County).
Please complete our Consult Request Form to explore opportunities to connect with the Research Ambassadors.
Non-clinical research projects intended to be done in partnership with community organizations take many forms. This template was established using our experiences working collaboratively and successfully with tribal partners and organizations located in urban centers of Wisconsin; locations where UW health equity researchers return again and again for partnership opportunities.
We’ve repeatedly seen value in preparing UW colleagues for research collaborations, ensuring they’ve considered and can speak with collaborators on topics central to successful research partnerships. This template reflects those topics. It’s designed to serve as an overall or ‘umbrella’ agreement between UW and an organization or tribe. A single project or projects can be attached as addendums.