Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research


Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences, Community Engagement Component.

Project Overview

The goal of the Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences (CCTS) is to facilitate clinical and translational research at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, and the Memorial Hermann Hospital System.  The CCTS is one of the original 12 such centers funded by the National Institutes of Health’s Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSAs). The CCTS is also a member of the Texas CTSA Consortium.

The Community Engagement component of the CCTS has several aims, including:

  • To engage community partners through existing community advisory boards (CABs) in Houston and Lower Rio Grande Valley (LRGV) of Texas to inform Community Engagement aims and CCTS translational research.
  • To increase minority participation in clinical research, clinical trials, and biobanking to accelerate translational science.
  • To build capacity among CCTS trainees, investigators, and community partners to engage in community-based participatory research (CBPR) and dissemination and implementation research and to accelerate the use of evidence-based practices and programs (EBPs).

We have also completed testing of a weight management study aimed at connecting obese individuals to commercially-available weight management programs, as well as testing community health workers outreach modules on behavioral and biological outcomes related to chronic disease prevention.

CCTS website

Project Details

Maria E. Fernandez, PhD - Co-PI
Belinda Reininger, PhD - Co-PI
Lorna McNeill, PhD, MPH - Co-I

Project Staff

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