South Carolina Clinical & Translation Research Center for Community Health Partnerships (SCTR/CCHP)

Director: Carolyn Jenkins, DrPH, APRN, BC-ADM, FAAN

The overarching purpose of the South Carolina Clinical & Translation Research Center for Community Health Partnerships (SCTR/CCHP) is to promote the translation, implementation, diffusion, and adoption of evidence-based treatments and interventions in clinical and community settings designed to improve the health of diverse populations. The Center for Community Health Partnerships (CCHP) received institutional center status in February 2008 and, since 2010, serves as the Medical University of South Carolina’s CTSA Community Engagement Program.

An inter-professional Steering Committee and a Community Advisory Board guide SCTR/CCHP’s mission and activities. Community partners collaborating with SCTR/CCHP represent diverse constituencies across the state of South Carolina, including school systems; faith-based organizations; public, private, and government organizations; and diverse populations, such as ethnic minorities, rural and urban residents, and other underserved groups.

SCTR/CCHP targets two levels of community in community engagement initiatives:  community practices [Practice Based Research Networks (PBRNs), Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), and Community Clinics]; and, communities where people live, learn, work, pray, and play.  Our T3 research goals (figure 1 below) attempt to move evidence-based guidelines into health practice, through delivery, dissemination, and diffusion research. Our T4 research (figure 1 below) seeks to move scientific knowledge into the public sector and thereby changing people’s everyday lives.


SCTR/CCHP’s faculty are known for a range of funded work including community-based, socio-culturally tailored interventions in the areas of genetic literacy, diabetes management, hypertension and stroke management, cancer prevention and screening, smoking cessation, maternal-child health wellness, violence and suicide prevention, and end-of-life care. The Center’s activities are focused on increasing capacity for academic and community partners by providing education and training on community-based participatory research (CBPR) methodologies; community development initiatives to identify important concerns and issues from our constituencies and to facilitate partnership readiness for CBPR; and stimulating the discovery and translation of research in community settings. The Center has a unique Community Engaged Scholars Program for academic and community partners to provide CBPR training, pilot monies and mentorship opportunities.