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.
Learn More About Research Ambassadors
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.
Our current Research Ambassadors are Al Castro & Erika Olmos (Milwaukee) and Tyson Jackson (Dane County).
Please complete our Consult Request Form to explore opportunities to connect with the Research Ambassadors.
Memorandum of Understanding
A memorandum of understanding (MOU) can be extremely useful for advancing and formalizing community-academic partnerships, especially community-engaged research partnerships. Whether you have an established partnership or are just beginning one, it’s never too late to create a MOU! A MOU typically requires addressing several key aspects of operationalizing a partnership, including: leadership roles, project direction, payments, dissemination of partnership findings, and data collection, ownership, storage and use. Creating an MOU to reflect the mutual goals, responsibilities and benefits of and to each partner has many benefits.
A written document not only serves to clarify and record the expectations and terms associated with an agreement, it can be invaluable if there is turnover in partners, and/or disagreements arise during project implementation. Such a document can also be useful to orient new individuals who enter an established partnership.
Questions to consider when advancing a partnership
CCHE staff have assisted researchers and community members with developing MOUs. We would be happy to share our resources and expertise during a consultation! Your brainstorming on the queries below prior to visiting us will assist us with providing you a tailored consultation experience.
Questions to consider when advancing a partnership:
- Who is this agreement/memorandum between? Who are your partners?
- Are the roles and responsibilities of each partner clear? Is everyone comfortable with these?
- Who is the director of this project? Are there multiple leaders? If so, how do their responsibilities differ and/or overlap?
- What are the scope and goals of the project?
- What is the duration (start and end time) of the project?
- What type(s) of payment will occur?
- How/Will partners be reimbursed for expenses?
- What process will allow partners to submit invoices appropriately?
Dissemination of partnership findings, data collection, ownership, storage and use
- Are confidentiality agreements needed?
- Will either/both partner wish to disseminate/publish findings?
- How will project data be stored, and who will have access to use this data?