Community-informed research can improve outcomes

Venice Ng Williams, Ph.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus, is part of a team doing research on Aligning Health and Social Systems to Expand Evidence-Based Home-Visiting.

Evidence-based prevention programs—like Nurse-Family Partnership, which offers free care to first-time pregnant people from nearby prenatal nurses—are critical for improving the health of families facing adversity. These programs are most effective when families participate in setting goals and creating care plans that meet their unique needs, and providers across sectors are aligned in delivering complementary services. Including the community in collaborative research informs culturally relevant practices that lead to better program engagement and outcomes. One way in which her team has engaged the community is by recruiting and training family leaders to participate on an Advisory Committee to inform research questions and priority outcomes.

Read the blog post by Carrington Lott on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation website here:


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