Community Health Engagement Program (CHEP)

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The Community Health Engagement Program (CHEP) of the Indiana Clinical Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) recognizes that scientific pursuits without input from community experts cannot adequately address or solve pressing societal health issues. With the advice and participation of community leaders, CHEP seeks to provide better ways to conduct and disseminate research findings about health to Indiana’s communities and citizens.

CHEP aims to link the experience and skills of community leaders, health professionals, and university researchers to improve the health of Indiana citizens. CHEP values academia and community working together as equal partners to reduce health disparities and improve health outcomes. Fostering opportunities to build respect and trust is our goal.      

Purdue Extension and Purdue University collaborate with Indiana University School of Medicine, IUPUI, University of Notre Dame and Indiana University at Bloomington in this effort.

If you would like to know more, contact Donna Vandergraff, vandergraff@purdue.edu.