Community Health Partnerships

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Community Health Partnerships (CHeP) is the community engagement arm of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI), a statewide collaboration of Indiana University, Purdue University and The University of Notre Dame as well as public and private partnerships.

CHeP believes it takes both research and community to understand what health improvement looks like and how it can be made a reality.

Purdue Extension expands the reach of CHeP to be statewide in scope. Approximately 20 educators (all health educators plus others) are cost-shared as part of the initiative. OVer 35 community academic partnerships were created in 2018 as a result of Purdue Extension involvement

One significant effort involves Building Community Coalition Capacity which integrates and coordinates efforts addressing capacity building and development of community health coalitions. Purdue Extension is instrumental in several of these efforts.  Evaluating effectiveness of coalitions relate to linking process evaluation and Social Network Analysis with short and long term health outcomes to see how coalition effectiveness may impact health.

CHeP helps connect leaders in community health and research faculty by:


  • creating community-university partners through our network,
  • engaging patients throughout all phases of research,
  • providing pilot funding for community-based studies in health,
  • hosting training events and networking meetings.


CHeP’s network connects to leaders in community and health research throughout Indiana. Members of the network receive quarterly newsletters with funding updates and other useful information about research in community health and have access to CHeP’s services.

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If you would like to know more, contact Donna Vandergraff,