Supporting Research

Fostering a climate of community engaged research

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You can reach out to us at any stage of the research process — from idea generation, intervention development or evaluation to reporting results.

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Engaging with communities is a critical component to the success of research projects and clinical trials. However, there can be numerous barriers to participation in underrepresented communities that can limit reach and retention. COE can provide technical support and work with you to develop community-engaged best practices.

In most cases, our services are provided free of charge as part of pilot work. Opportunities exist for the inclusion of COE staff and community resources in funding opportunities and are determined on a case-by-case basis.

Please reach out to the COE department to request assistance. Together, we can develop a plan forward.

Request Assistance

You can reach out to us at any stage of the research process — from idea generation, intervention development or evaluation to reporting results.

Contact Us

COE Assistance Includes


Community Engagement


  • Helping you engage with community members who have lived experiences that may influence the project 
  • Understanding recruitment barriers and challenges before starting the project
  • Determining feasibility and appropriateness of the project for the community of interest
  • Gaining insight into the cultural preferences of a community to inform the project design and materials


Strategy & Collaboration


  • Guidance and support to develop a community-engaged outreach or research strategy
  • Facilitating introductions with key stakeholders and potential research partners and sites
  • Implementing health education components of an intervention
  • Providing you consultation with our Community Advisory Boards and taskforces


Reach & Recruitment


  • Collaborating on collecting data to inform a pilot project (e.g., focus groups, key informant interviews, surveys)
  • Spreading the word about your project through our statewide networks creating enhanced exposure to your work
  • Working with you to share your results back with the community
  • Expanding your reach into new communities of interest

COE Success

COE team success  As part of an NCI supplement to conduct a needs assessment of our catchment area, COE co-led the development of a multi-pronged recruitment strategy (social media, mail, and in-person) to survey our catchment area residents with an investigator team in the Cancer Control and Population Health research program. Utilizing the vast network of community partners, COE recruited 1,388 community members to take the survey.

Dr. Melissa Little (CPH) worked with COE to develop a list of community pharmacist contacts in rural Virginia to understand the feasibility of providing tobacco cessation through local pharmacies. The COE team connected with 77 community pharmacists to introduce the project, Dr. Little’s work, and explain how they could provide valuable guidance and insight to the intervention development. Dr. Little has since received pilot funding and is working on an R01 application.

COE was instrumental in launching my research into the community. I can’t imagine trying to do this work without their assistance” ~ Melissa Little, PHD


To learn more about UVACCC’s goal in cancer research and for information on research facts, cancer clinical trials,  research infrastructure, and UVA cancer news visit UVAHealth, Cancer Center Research Page.