Collaborative for Community Engagement and Research


The Collaborative for Community Engagement and Research (CCER) is a partnership among all four Massachusetts-based Clinical and Translational Science groups, Boston University, Harvard University, Tufts University, and University of Massachusetts.

Our Purpose

Together, we strive to encourage collaboration among our institutions and the communities we serve. The members of the CCER also work together to enhance, expand, and evaluate this website, Community Connect to Research.

Our Approach to Supporting the Goals and Objectives of CCER

  • Partnerships: among all four Massachusetts-based Clinical and Translational Science groups.
  • Education: providing health resources to the community.
  • Dialogue: engaging community organizations in the clinical research process.

Educating the Community about Available Health Resources

One of our other partners is the health advocacy organization Health Care for All (HCFA). HCFA seeks to create a consumer-centered health care system. They focus on providing comprehensive, affordable, accessible, culturally competent, high-quality care and consumer education for everyone, especially the most vulnerable. They do this through public policy, advocacy, education, and service to consumers in Massachusetts.

HCFA works with us to help inform the community of the rich resources that are available in Community Connect to Research. They also provide feedback on Community Connect to Research through a variety of methods using their extensive network of more than 2,000 coalition members. Their feedback helps us improve our website.

Have your questions about healthcare in Massachusetts answered online or call the HCFA free Consumer Health HelpLine: 800-272-4232

Increasing Communication About Clinical Research Through Dialogue With Community Organizations

With the Institute for Community Health of the Cambridge Health Alliance, we strive to increase communication about clinical research. In our current Public Communication Initiative, we have awarded grants to four community health centers in Massachusetts, who will work creatively with their communities to improve access to health information and understanding of research.

Our Members