About Community Connect to Research

Community Connect to Research, a service of the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, is a health information resource for patients and families. The site consists of several major sections:

  • In the Health Information section, you can read material on a variety of health topics written by doctors and other medical professionals specifically for consumers. These topic areas, and the articles within them, also list the related health studies going on in Massachusetts. In addition, you will find health resources provided by respected hospitals, research centers, and medical schools that are part of the Collaborative for Community Engagement and Research.
  • The Understanding Health Research section explains what health research is and its importance to all of us, the different types of health research, what research is going on right now, the risks and benefits of participating in medical studies, and, finally, what you should consider if you are thinking about participating.
  • In the Search Research Studies in Massachusetts section you will be able to search for studies in Massachusetts that are open to participation.

Our History

Community Connect to Research was launched in April 2009 as an initiative of the Harvard Catalyst, funded by the National Institutes of Health. It quickly evolved into a partnership among the Community Engagement Programs of all four Massachusetts-based Clinical and Translational Science groups: Boston University, Harvard University, Tufts University, and University of Massachusetts. In April 2010, the partnership awarded grants to four community health centers in Massachusetts. In October 2011, the website transitioned to its permanent home at the Countway Library of Medicine, Harvard Medical School.

Project Team

The Community Connect to Research project team includes experts in health and medicine, public health, community-based participatory research (CBPR), health informatics, and library science.

Contact Information

Countwayentrance193x162 In October 2011, Community Connect to Research transitioned to its permanent home at the Countway Library of Medicine, Harvard Medical School.