Community Engaged Research

Community-Engaged Research

The Office of Community-Engaged Research (CEnR) promotes research addressing the social determinants of health in the Great Plains region through collaborative partnerships between researchers, patients, health care providers, and rural communities.   

Researcher Education and Collaborator Training Materials +


Education for Researchers


Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCORI) Methodology

Reports and resources from PCORI. 

UNMC CTR Seminar Series

Archived sessions.

Social Determinants of Health CME

Free Continuing Medical Education credits. 

HRSA Health Literacy On-line Tutorial

Free online course for healthcare professionals. 

Developing and Sustaining Community-based Participatory Research Partnerships: A Skill Building Curriculum

Free on-line curriculum for researchers and community.

An Introduction to Effectiveness, Dissemination and Implementation Research – A Resource Manual for Community-Engaged Research 

Downloadable manual from Univ CA San Francisco CTSA.

CBPR: A Partnership Approach for Public Health 

Free on-line CE training/downloadable CDs for nurses and public health professionals.

Public Health Issues On-line Education 

Free training materials for community partners and collaborators or contact Michigan Public Health Training Center at 734-615-9439 or e-mail 

Interactive Community Based Participatory Research Conceptual models

Contains Instrument matrix and Variable matrix from University of New Mexico

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Patient Centered Medical Home Resource Center

Comprehensive resources, Evidenced-based Practice tools for policy makers, researchers, clinicians. 

Patient Engagement Behavior Framework

Educational research resource from the Center for Advancing Health
Researchers and Their Communities: The Challenge of Meaningful Community Engagement Best practices document published by the CTSA Consortium's Community Engagement Key Function Committee (2008).

AHRQ Continuing Education on comparative effectiveness, quality, safety, prevention 

AHRQ-Sponsored Continuing Education 

AHRQ EBP Curriculum Tools for Professionals

TEAMSTEPPS, Health Literacy Practices, Academic Chronic Care Collaborative, Chronic Care Model

Training for Community Collaborators

UNMC Training on Health Disparities

Contact Athena Ramos, Center for Reducing Health Disparities: 402-559-2095

Developing and Sustaining CBPR Partnerships: A Skill Building Curriculum

Free on-line curriculum for researchers and community.

Public Health Issues On-line Education  Free training materials for community partners and collaborators. Can also call Michigan Public Health Training Center at 734-615-9439
CITI Training  

UNMC Human Subjects Training for Community Partners

Contact UNMC Research Subject Advocate Office for assistance. 402-559-6941 or
Data Links +

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Epidemiology, Diseases and Conditions

Health Statistics
Underserved Populations
Workforce & Access To Care



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National Ag Safety Database (NASD) 

Central repository of health, safety, injury prevention data.

Nebraska Public Health Data Inventory 

DHHS links to health datasets, descriptions, queries for researchers.

CDC National Center for Health Statistics 

Surveys and data: NHANES; NHCS; NHIS; NIS; NSFG; NVSS; LSOA, SLAITS, and FastStats.

DHHS National Public Use Data Files 

Variables from medical malpractice payment/adverse licensure, clinical privileges, profession society memberships, DEA reports.

CMS Data Navigator 

Menu-driven search tool on CMS data for MC/MD; health topics, settings-of-care.

CDC Wide-ranging On-line Data for Epidemiologic Research (WONDER) Data Files 

Menu-driven access to CDC data for researchers and public.

National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) Data Linkages 

Direct access to comprehensive CDC data for researchers.

DHHS Health Data Interactive (HDI) 

Public health indicators and interactive web-based application on national/state data. Cross-tabulated data for trends and patterns.

CDC National Death Index (NDI) 

Death record information in state vital statistics offices (1979 - 2012).

CDC National Vital Statistics 

Births, mortality, fetal deaths, linked birth/infant death data, marriages, divorces.

ICD and ICF Coding 

CDC Resources for researchers and clinicians (ICD-9 to ICD-10 for 2014).


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Nebraska Statistical Profiles by County, Service Area, Congressional, and Health Department 


Demographics, social indicators, health status, maternal/child health, risk/prevalence, environmental, service availability/utilization.

CDC State and Territorial Data

Behavioral Risk Factor Survey findings and VitalStats links.

CDC QuickFacts for State, County, City

1-page synopsis of demographics, education, housing, business. 

AHRQ State Snapshots

Data on quality care measures from National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports


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NLM Health Services Research Information Central

Compendium of databases, repositories, health statistics, surveys, federal tools, toolkits.

RWJF State and County Health Rankings and Roadmaps 

Rankings based on access, quality, costs for researchers, clinicians, public. 

CDC Health United States 

State data on access/utilization, vital stats, facilitates, health insurance, and workforce.

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)

Findings by state/year/category (1995 – 2012).

BRFSS State Maps

BRFSS Selected Metro/Micropolitan Area Risk Trend Maps

Nebraska Vital Statistics 

Data for 2003 – 2011.

March of Dimes PeriStats

Data and maps on maternal/infant health for US, states, regions for researchers and community. 

Nebraska Public Health Data Inventory 

Complete compendium of datasets for researchers, clinicians, public. 


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Resource Center for Minority Data

Resources for analysis of issues for educators, researchers, and students.

CDC Maps for Social Determinants of Health  

National/state data using % of total population. 


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Health Profession Shortage Areas (HPSA) and Medically Underserved Areas (MUA) 

Data by address, state, county.

National Center for Health Workforce Analysis 

AHRF data (professions, facilities, utilization,expenditure); Health resources comparison tools (state/county);workforce supply/demand and datasets.

Nebraska Nursing Workforce 

Licensure data/maps (RN, LPN, APRN) (2001 – 2011).

AHRQ Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) 

Links: Nationwide Inpatient Sample; Kids’ Inpatient Database;Nationwide Emergency Department Sample;State Inpatient Database;State Ambulatory Surgery Databases;State Emergency Department.

AHRQ Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) 

Data on cost, health care use, insurance coverage of families/ individuals/ their providers, employers. 

UNMC Health Professions Tracking Service

Data on practicing Nebraska health professionals.


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Nebraska Diseases and Conditions 

Data/reports on addictions, communicable diseases, asthma, cancer, diabetes, stroke, TB, and more. 

Centers for Disease Control

Link to tools, resources, data, statistics, publications for researchers, clinicians, community members.  

Behavioral Health Services Information System (BHSIS)

Data, outcomes, quality findings for behavioral health topics


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Networks & Outreach


Service Centers 


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UNMC REDCAP Research Database Secure web application to build/manage online surveys and databases.
The Community Tool Box Free, online tools, instruments, guides for community based researchers, clinicians, and collaborators.
Toolkit for Collaboration on Social Determinants of Health  Instruments & best practices for community engagement. 
Toolkit for Community Action: National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities  Instruments and best practices for researchers and collaborators.
Toolkit for Review Criteria and Rating Scale in CBPR  For researchers/collaborators to measure their project level of collaboration.
Research  Comprehensive website for researchers & collaborators on community-based research.
AHRQ Health Extension Toolkit Instruments, training modules, Best Practices, resources for researchers,collaborators on PBRNs and CBPR. 
AHRQ Toolkit for Primary Care Practices and Clinics Downloadable modules/instruments on how to integrate Chronic Care Model.

EBP and CER Resources

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Electronic Preventive Services Selector (ePSS)

AHRQ application to provide primary care clinicians with decision support for patients using evidence-based practices

AHRQ Clinical Guidelines and Recommendations

Evidence-based research; recommendations and guidelines from U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

National Guideline Clearinghouse

Clinical guidelines using EBP as developed by American Medical Association, US DHHS, AHRQ.

Clinical recommendations based on patient age, sex, condition using EBP. Resources for clinicians and patients

Effective Health Care Program

AHRQ site with tools and resources on EBP and research reviews/reports. Clinician and patient resources.


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Northern Plains Tribal Epidemiology Center

Corey Smith, PhD, MA  605-721-1922 ext 161 

EthnoMED — Integrating cultural information into clinical practice

Downloadable. translated patient education materials in various languages.
US DHHS Office of Minority Health Research links & publications on health improvement programs & policies. 
Families USA — Health Equity Links to research on MD/MC, children’s health, LTC, uninsured, private insurance, health equity.
National Diversity Council Resources to implement worksite diversity for research, education, mentoring. 
National Center for Cultural Competence Resources for health providers to design/evaluate culturally and linguistically competent service delivery. 
Health Information Translations

Free, downloadable translated patient education resources in various languages. 

MedlinePLUS Health Information in Multiple Languages

Free, downloadable translated health education materials.

NLM Healthy Roads Media 

Downloadable educational materials on health care, prevention, medical tests, medicines.

Translation of Research Related Documents 

Campus offices for translation of research documents 
TNMC Interpretive Services (402-559-8697) no charge
CRHD Translation Service (402-559-2095; Athena Ramos) fee for service

UNMC Center for Reducing Health Disparities 

Resources and services to promote health equity through research, education, engagement. 

 NETWORK Resources 

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 Nebraska Lymphoma Study Group

Collaborative network of UNMC clinicians and pathologists  and primary clinics throughout Nebraska and Midlands.  Julie Vose, MD, Director 402-559-3848 

 Rheumatoid Arthritis Investigational Network (RAIN)

James O'Dell, MD, Director 
RAIN Database PI: Kaleb Michaud, PhD  402-559-7239
RAIN Database Coordinator:  Debra Bergman  402-559-8846  



 AHRQ Practice Based Research Networks

Listing of primary care PBRNs and contact information.

 National Rural Health Association

Advances rural health through conferences, webinars, publications, newsletters. 

 AGRISafe Networks

Network of trained agricultural health and safety professionals/providers/clinics. Trainings & materials available.



Nebraska Public Health and Emergency Responders

Map and Coordinators/Directors contact information. 

RHEN (Rural Health Education Network) 

Builds partnerships to develop healthcare workforce in rural/underserved communities.Patrik Johansson, MD, MPH  402-559-8946  

UNL Cooperative Extension 

Statewide network of local extension offices. 

UNL Rural Futures Institute 

Focuses on building economic/ health vitality of rural region through conferences, RFI grant program.  

Nebraska Community Resource Directory 

Listing of statewide resources and contacts information. 

 UNMC CENTERS and Resources

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 College of Nursing Mobile Nursing Clinic Van


Research Information Technology Office 


Central States Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (CS-CASH) 


Center for Environmental Health & Toxicology 




Policies and Programs +


UNMC Research Policies  Most-cited policies impacting researchers.
UNMC Center for Health Policy Faculty expertise in health economics, systems changes, social determinants of health, health services research, and social demography.
UNMC Center for Health Policy Analysis and Rural Health Research Faculty expertise in health care, public services financing/deliver, public policy analysis for health/well-being of rural and urban populations.
American Public Health Association Health in All Policies  Guide for state/local governments on collaborations to improve population health through policies. 
Evidenced-based Practices and Policies for Community Health

Guide to improve health/prevent disease based on systematic reviews for program/policy interventions. 

RWJF "A New Way to Talk about Social Determinants of Health"  A 63-slide tutorial by RWJF (2010) for community collaborators seeking policy changes.
Guide to Community Preventive Services: What Works to Promote Health 

Free resources for researchers and collaborators to choose programs/policies. 





CEnR Mission
  • Provide CEnR Resources to researchers, providers, and communities
  • Advance CEnR approaches to research-based solutions
  • Facilitate research partnerships between academic institutions, providers, and communities
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