|Innovation & improvement in public health via community engagement & research.||Community Health Innovation and Research Program (CHIRP)|
The Community Health Innovation and Research Program at Harvard Catalyst (HC-CHIRP) builds infrastructure that engages communities and speeds the adoption, integration, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based policies and practices to improve population health. HC-CHIRP applies scientific knowledge in community policy and practice, integrating participatory research, public health, and clinical strategies. An innovation of the program is its integration of student training opportunities with our research and community engagement activities. HC-CHIRP systematically matches faculty and students from across Harvard with opportunities to develop results-driven, community-based policy and practice-relevant health research that address priorities of our community partners. These matches provide outstanding learning opportunities for students, and shape the way our future scientific leaders will approach community engagement.
HC-CHIRP works in three overlapping areas of focus:
Activities in all three areas, supported by project-specific training and technical assistance, and utilizing sound principles and best practices for community engagement, aim to increase community participation in public health planning, research, and evaluation; and assist partners in developing collaborations to adapt and apply evidence-based strategies and enhance students' skills. The HC-CHIRP Advisory Board plays a critical role in this process by representing community perspectives to guide program activity.