Accelerating Research Collaborations Between Academia and Federally Qualified Health Centers: Suggestions Shaped by History

Collaborations between community health centers (CHCs), including federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), and academic partners can provide opportunities to conduct research designed to help vulnerable populations. Despite the potential to deepen understanding of health disparities and to develop means to ameliorate them, barriers to successful research collaboration exist. Barriers to collaboration include financial limitations for conducting research, a lack of experience in working together, minimal collaborative research infrastructure, CHC partners’ unfamiliarity with research methods, and incomplete knowledge about the CHC environment and academia’s mandate to address communities’ perceived needs. Guided by historical context, this commentary offers suggestions to academic researchers for a more participatory approach for conducting research in collaboration with CHCs.

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Citation: Hébert, J. R., Adams, S. A., Ureda, J. R., Young, V. M., Brandt, H. M., Heiney, S. P., Seel, J. S., & Friedman, D. B. (2017). Accelerating research collaborations between academia and federally qualified health centers: Suggestions shaped by history. Public Health Reports, 1-7. DOI: 10.1177/0033354917742127

Acknowledgements: The authors disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This work was supported by the South Carolina Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network under cooperative agreement U48/ DP005000-01S2 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Prevention Research Centers) and the National Cancer Institute.