Research Programs


A major focus of the Department of Family Medicine’s training and research centers on the linkages with community-based programs in medically underserved areas, linkages fostered in part by the Community Health Division. These activities are a reflection of the Division’s commitment to positively impacting the local community and nation by translating scholarship into action and expanding learning beyond the academic institution to the people and communities it serves. Community Health actively supports and encourages scholarly research, diffusion of innovations, and academic rigor; and prides itself on being a resource in the community for effective economic, political, ecological and systems change.


The Community Health Division supports various research programs including:

  • curriculum development grants (SQUARE, STAIR, CIRCLE);
  • seed grants for civic engagement through campus/community partnerships;
  • community-based participatory and translational research projects;
  • interdepartmental research collaboration with our practice-based network, CAPRICORN, and special vulnerable populations; and
  • community-based intervention research in South Vietnam.