Community Health Partnerships (CHeP)

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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.

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.  Educators have been involved with the volunteer recruitment registry, INResearch as well sa coalition building projects. 

CHeP's mission is to improve the health of Indiana residents through community-university partnerships. The goal of these partnerships is to increase opportunities for stakeholders throughout the state to engage in research and evaluation opportunities. CHeP will facilitate this by linking people and resources quickly, providing key information more effectively, and assuring that research scientists, policy makers, and citizens are collaborating to improve health in Indiana.

The CHeP Network includes representation from government, public health, industry, non-profit and many other community based organizations. 

CHeP has work groups focused on communication, networking, education/training, and policy. 

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