The goal of the CERB is to create and facilitate a community-based, community driven review process whereby research conduct ensures (but is not limited to):
- Community needs and concerns about research are heard
- Projects are sensitive to the community culture
- A feedback loop providing:
- Results back to the community for its use and benefit
- A written critique back to investigator
Community Dialogues are a facilitated, interactive conversation to provide an opportunity for information, understanding and engagement. The Community Dialogues include a series of four (4) sessions, 2.5 hours each, designed to engage participants in a conversation to address issues based upon responses to questions that help identify:
- The problem
- Causes of the problem
- Possible solutions
- Best possible solutions
Community-academic workshops are organized to allow opportunities for community members and researchers with interest in the Greater Flint community to converse about the continuum of community engagement for the purposes of research.
Project Idea Brainstorming
HFRCC program managers will assist in the initial development and recruitment for gathering ideas for a potential project and proposal enhancement. We manage the process on behalf of the investigator, including but not limited to: communicating with community members, securing meeting locations and documenting collected information.
Community Participation in Proposal Development
HFRCC program managers will assist with enhancing your project’s community engagement. We would manage the process on your behalf, including but not limited to: communicating with community members, securing meeting locations and documenting collected information. Program managers would also communicate the details of the development session with participants, per the investigator’s request.
The investigator will be referred to the Community Ethics Review Board (CERB). The CERB will then assist and identifying potential community/academia who would potentially be a match to the focus of your project. The CAB will assist in ensuring; respect the rights of research participants, no potential for group harm, provide feedback from community stakeholders.
Connection to Funding Sources
On a project-by-project basis, we would assist in identifying funding sources or consider partnering with another investigator, as appropriate.
HFRCC program managers will manage the process of recruiting participants on behalf of the investigator. All aspects of communicating with participants will be handled by the program manager assigned to the investigator.
Community Sites for Research
This includes community locations where your proposed study participants can be found (e.g., places of worship, health clinics, and hospitals).
Letters of Support
The HFRCC Board would assess the submitted project to ensure it falls within the scope of HFRCC’s purpose and mission. If so, a letter of support would be drafted and returned to the investigator within seven business days. If not, a critique would be submitted to the investigator with suggested modification to enable HFRCC to support the project.
Connecting your research project across disciplines
Connecting your research project to community partners
The Project Index is a resource for potential volunteer and collaboration opportunities. The Project Index provides an easy overview of topics covered in Flint. This gives the opportunity to build upon existing knowledge, fill holes of needed information and avoid duplication of effort and find natural collaborators around a mutual interest.
Aid in dissemination of information to the community
Connecting your research project to data sources
Open Data Flint is an open data portal containing Flint-based data and can be used to disseminate your data. Open Data Flint is available for use by community members and organizations; academic researchers; and policy makers.