Community Research Advocates

What are Community Research Advocates (CRAs)?

  • CRAs are community volunteers with a personal connection to communities.
  • CRAs learn about how health research is done and about health research opportunities.
  • CRAs share the Research Ready story and other resources with their community members.

What is the Research Ready program?

The Research Ready Program was created in response to members of the West End Community Research Advisory Board wanting to “be able to talk to their family, friends and neighbors about research and its potential impact on their health.”

  • Research Ready is a program of outreach FROM community members TO community members.
  • Research Ready helps community members learn more about the importance of health research for community health and how they can play a role.

What do CRAs do in the Research Ready program?

CRAs share the Research Ready story with friends,
family, and other community members to help them learn that

  • Health research can help the community.
  • Health research is safe.
  • They can play a role in health research.

CRAs share information about We Engage 4 Health Programs so that friends, family, and other community members know about opportunities to learn more about health, science, and research.

How do I become a CRA?

All you need to become a CRA and help your community learn more about health research is enthusiasm and two sessions of training available via Zoom. Contact us to find out about upcoming training dates!

  • Please indicate your preferred ways to be contacted.

Research Ready Story

The Research Ready story is used by CRAs to start the discussion about health research. The base story focuses on three big ideas. Add-ons to the base story customize it for specific health research areas, such as cancer or genetics.

Research Ready three big ideas:

  • Health research uses organized methods to understand disease risk and improve the health of people.
  • People of all ages and backgrounds need to take part in research so the results are safe and relevant for everyone.
  • Rules and regulations protect and ensure the safety of human subjects participating in research.

Download the base Research Ready story. and the Research Ready story with genetics add-on. You can preview them below.

Our Project Partners

Keep Norwood Cool was initiated in 2018 by Norwood resident Ms. Dana Boll, a designer and life-long environmentalist, to bring awareness to and advocate for healthier microenvironments in Norwood using a community readiness model and innovative designed solutions. Boll recognized…

The 20-member West End Community Research Advisory Board addresses community research occurring in their neighborhood. The Board’s objectives are to: Engage researchers to ensure they support the West End’s health goals in addition to collecting their study data Provide input…

The Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) experience in community-based citizen science includes conducting health fairs, walking neighborhood environmental audits, and community-member facilitated discussions.

UCESC provides research, evaluation, assessment, and consulting to equip clients and partners to make data-based decisions for accountability, continuous quality improvement, program planning, and program and policy development. UCESC employs a collaborative model and has provided comprehensive external evaluation and…

The Center for Chemistry Education (CCE) at Miami University has over has over 30 years of experience in developing, testing, and publishing instructional materials for formal and informal science education and has published 44 titles through Terrific Science Press. CCE…

The Seven Hills Neighborhood House has been a social services resource and community gathering place since 1961. Housed in an 18,000-square foot building at Findlay and Baymiller Streets in Cincinnati’s historic West End, it is a daily safe-haven and second…

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Meet Big Sam

Big Sam is a 40-something security guard at the high school Jazzy and Vito attend. Big Sam is worried about his health and recently found out his blood pressure is high. He covers up his worries with jokes. He lives in the apartment above Miss Georgia.

Meet Jazzy

Jazzy is a cheerful younger high school age girl. She is a cheerleader and does gymnastics. She enjoys spending time with older people and loves to bake with Miss Georgia. She has asthma and works hard to control it so she can enjoy her activities.

Meet Cardi

Cardi is a 30-something aerobics teacher at the community center who loves to help people get more fit and healthy but can be a bit too much “in your face” about it. She means well though!

Meet Vito

Vito is a plays-it-cool older high schooler who is sweet-natured at heart. He plays basketball at the community center and is friends with Jazzy. He loves pop and chips and can’t see why eating all he wants of them is a problem.

Meet Pops

Pops is a retired high school science teacher who loves to keep helping people learn about science and health. He likes to check out what everyone is doing or talking about and step in to give his opinion.

Meet Miss Georgia

Miss Georgia is a fun-loving lady in her 50’s who loves to sing, dance, and bake. She is always helping out at community events. She recently found out she has diabetes, and she is learning new ways to cook.