University of Nebraska Medical Center

Engagement Tools

We offer an online repository of valuable resources to assist UNMC faculty, staff and students in connecting with community-engaged colleagues, as well as tools and resources that can help to ensure successful engagement projects with community members.

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Just a couple of the items in the repository include:

  • Research Grant Boilerplate Copy
    Template copy you can use if you're writing a grant proposal that includes a section on community engagement.
  • Capacity Building
    Information on capacity building, an approach in which community assets are leveraged to address needs and improve overall health outcomes in a collaborative manner.


Community Engagement Definition

Embracing a shared definition of community engagement is important. The UNMC Office of Community Engagement follows the definition of community engagement established by the Carnegie Foundation:

Community engagement describes collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.

Learn more about the Carnegie Foundation's definition and purpose of community engagement.

Community Engagement Model

Community engagement in academic health centers looks a little different than the general world of higher academia. You are probably more engaged than you think you are!

Read more about the practical model for community engagement in academic health centers.

Community Engagement in Patient Health
Community Engagement and Population Health Management

Here are resources to help you better explore the role of community engagement and population health management. 

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Contact Our Office

If you have questions about community engagement or want to learn about ways you can get involved, please contact our team.