Recognizing several serious health issues in our community, and subsequently a need for change, several universities and community groups in St. Louis came together to discuss the most effective way to do so.

By working together as co-project directors in a joint research study, university researchers and community advocates knew they could find new ways to improve health outcomes, reduce health disparities, and promote health in general. BJC Healthcare, Saint Louis University, and Washington University provided $1.5 million in research funding to be administered by the Regional Health Commission through a program called the Community/University Health Research Partnerships (CUHRP). Over the course of 2010, several grants were awarded to the most promising research proposals which addressed both scientific and community needs. A second year of funding was provided to projects that demonstrated successful partnership and the framework for producing important findings.

Key Documents

The following are documents that were used throughout the CUHRP process.

Tips and Strategies for Developing Strong, Community-Based Participatory Research Proposals

Identifying and Selecting Partners

CUHRP Initial Progress Evaluation

CUHRP Initial Progress Evaluation PowerPoint Presentation Outline

CUHRP Request for Proposal

CUHRP Brochure

CUHRP Our Community, Our Health Skills Building Workshop PowerPoint

Project Development Workshop flyer

CUHRP Letter of Intent form

CUHRP Grant Proposal Instructions Resources and Template

2009 CUHRP Application form

2010 CUHRP Application form

CUHRP Memorandum of Understanding