Thank you for visiting Community Connect to Research. This site was launched in April 2009 as an initiative of the Harvard Catalyst, funded by the National Institutes of Health through its Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) program. It evolved into a partnership among the community engagement programs of all four Massachusetts-based CTSA 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: Codman Square Health Center, Dimock Community Health Center, Duffy Health Center, and Somerville Primary Care of the Cambridge Health Alliance. In the fall of 2011, the Community Connect to Research website transitioned to the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, Harvard Medical School.
Recently, the site has not been heavily accessed. We have, therefore, decided that it does not make sense for us to continue to maintain it. We thank you for your interest. For high-quality health information, we recommend the following resources:
For information about clinical trials, we recommend ClinicalTrials.gov:
ClinicalTrials.gov is a Web-based resource that is maintained by the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. ClinicalTrials.gov provides easy access to information on a large number of publicly and privately supported clinical studies from throughout the world, covering a wide range of diseases and conditions.
The Countway Library provides information about clinical studies, including a description of the different types of studies that are done, the risks and benefits of participating in a study, and some questions you might have about participating. The Countway Library resource on health research can be found here:
For resources on a broad range of health issues, we recommend Harvard Health Publications:
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For extensive health information from the National Institutes of Health, we recommend MedlinePlus:
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