Community Research Advocates

What are Community Research Advocates (CRAs)?

  • CRAs are community volunteers who help their friends and neighbors BECOME “Research Ready.”
  • CRAs work in teams of two as co-CRAs.
  • CRAs schedule and conduct Research Ready Discussion Sessions in their communities.
  • CRAs follow the Research Ready Discussion Plan to conduct Research Ready Discussion Sessions.

What is the Research Ready program?

  • Research Ready is a program of outreach to help community members BECOME “Research Ready”
  • Being “Research Ready” means understanding the 3 P’s.
    • Purpose: What is the purpose of health research?
    • Protection: How are people kept safe when they participate in health research?
    • Participation: Why should people participate in health research?

What do CRAs do in the Research Ready program?

  • Schedule and invite people to Research Ready Discussion Sessions.
  • Conduct Research Ready Discussion Sessions following the Research Ready Discussion Plan.
  • Complete the Research Ready Discussion Log after each session and submit to WE4H staff.

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 in person or via Zoom. Use the form below (select “Get volunteer information”) and we will let you know about upcoming training dates!

Stories used by CRAs for outreach

The Research Ready story is used by CRAs to start the discussion about health research. Research Ready focuses on the three big ideas below. A series of shorter “add-on” stories explore specific health conditions for which health research may be conducted.

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.

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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.