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Community-Based Organizations

The mission of UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) is to provide research resources, training, and collaboration opportunities for ACTRI scientists, health care providers, and the community. To achieve this, the ACTRI’s Community Engagement Division is seeking partnerships with community-based organizations who care about the health of the clients and populations they serve and represent.

The vision of Community Engagement is to serve as a bridge between researchers and the community, advancing collaborative solutions to San Diego’s most pressing health challenges. The development of existing and ad hoc relationships into full and lasting partnerships will help us achieve many goals:

  • The community having a meaningful and active role in determining the research and training priorities of the ACTRI
  • Expanding ranks of community-engaged researchers
  • Bi-directional communication between researchers and members of clinical, policy, and lay communities
  • New community-driven and culturally relevant research being conducted
  • Research findings being translated into therapies and health education programs that are understood by many communities, endorsed by public health agencfies and health insurers, and widely disseminated so that communities have new tools with which to improve human health and increase access to high-quality health care services

Workshop for Health Workers (Promotores)

Workshop Health Workers

Training materials are available here for a “Research Fundamentals Workshop” designed to help community health workers (Promotores) understand basic research concepts and learn more about the process.

Community Engagement welcomes questions, dialogue, and partnerships from local:

  • Community clinics, hospitals, health systems, and public health agencies
  • Organizations that represent and serve ethnic, racial and language communities
  • Agencies that represent and serve persons with disabilities, diseases or conditions
  • Agencies that represent people with a common history, background or interest (e.g., elderly, LGBT, veterans, faith-based organizations)
  • Organizations that serve and represent geographic neighborhoods
  • Foundations, schools, libraries, and community collaboratives

If you are interested in exploring how ACTRI and your organization can benefit one another, please contact the Community Engagement Division at or (858) 822-0734.

Community-based clinicians and agencies are eligible to apply for ACTRI-sponsored grants.