The Top Ten List for Researchers

Here are the top 10 reasons that you, as an investigator conducting health-related research in the community, would benefit for using the map, and having your name & research on the map:

  1. To inform you about colleagues who are working on similar types of research studies, as well as where their research is taking place.
  2. To facilitate the identification of priority areas that may benefit from community based research in specific communities.
  3. To assist you in identifying areas of the city in which you may choose to conduct your research.
  4. To assist you in identifying potential collaborative partners for your current and future research.
  5. To assist you in identifying community engaged research gaps and needs in a particular community, especially with the incorporation of additional maps which represent data in a way that emphasizes the needs and connections.
  6. Your name and various links to existing projects and collaborative partners will be showcased so that the community has the opportunity to learn of your work and possibly participate in your research.
  7. To assist you in strategic planning for your current and future grant applications.
  8. To have a mechanism to disseminate your research to the community.
  9. To be part of the academic research community that believes in the importance of engaging the community in your research and disseminating health information to the community.
  10. As a way of building trust in any given community in which you are conducting research.

The Top Ten List for Community Members and Community Organizations

Here are the top 10 reasons that you, as a community member or member of a community organization, would benefit in using the map:

  1. To learn what health related research studies are taking place in your community.
  2. To be able to search by topic or disease and find the research that is taking place throughout Chicago.
  3. To know the names of the university researchers and collaborative partners who are working in your community.
  4. To be able to get information about a disease in which you are afflicted.
  5. To have information about researcher’s expertise so that health advocates in the community can identify potential academic partners.
  6. To vet a potential university researcher who is proposing research in your community by seeing what previous work he or she has conducted and in what communities the work has taken place.
  7. To assist you in identifying research gaps and needs in your community so that you can search for possible collaborative academic partners.
  8. To assist you in strategic planning of your community organization to improve the health of your community.
  9. To get information so that you might participate or volunteer for a study of interest.
  10. To assist you in disseminating information about health and research studies in your community.

This project has been supported by:

  • The University of Illinois at Chicago, Center for Clinical and Translational Science, Award Number UL1TR000050 from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health.
  • CTSA Supplement, National Institutes of Health, Award Number UL1RR029879-03S1
  • The Otho S.A. Sprague Memorial Institute Foundation, Chicago, Illinois, through the Chicago Consortium for Community Engagement (C3 organizations).