The PRCHN bridges community partners and university researchers to focus their collective expertise to develop, test, and implement sustainable strategies to improve health in underserved communities.
Our Commitment to Equity
The PRCHN believes that all people are entitled to both resources and opportunities to build and foster a healthy life. We value the experience and expertise of the historically under-invested communities of Greater Cleveland who continue to live with persistent and exacerbated health disparities. The PRCHN is committed to advancing an inclusive community in which everyone is welcomed, respected, valued, and heard. Along with colleagues across the University, the PRCHN acknowledges the norms, systems, and institutions built by structural racism and white privilege. Here, we reaffirm to challenge this paradigm to share and restore power through meaningful dialogue, examining our research processes and establishing equity practices in all our work.
Our Value Statements
Collaboration: We bring people together with diverse perspectives and backgrounds to share knowledge and commitment,
Teamwork: We build on the strengths and skills of our team members to creatively solve problems and address challenges.
Community: We are dedicated to and motivated by the community we serve and recognize the expertise contained within its members.
Relationships: We recognize the importance of establishing healthy, positive partnerships both internally and externally.
Respect: We treat one another with dignity and encourage open communication and freedom to express differing ideas.
Who We are
As a Center, we are a group of faculty, staff, and trainees committed to working in partnership with our local community to identify opportunities to share our strengths in research to improve the health outcomes of residents.
What We Do
We partner with and support researchers and community partners by developing networks, convening stakeholders with shared goals and interests, and providing guidance on equitable partnerships to conduct research to improve health in historically disenfranchised and underserved communities. Research means asking questions and systematically seeking answers. For us, this includes surveillance, evaluation, and research studies.