UCLA Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute’s (CTSI) Community Engagement and Research Program (CERP)

Principal Investigator: Steven M. Dubinett, MD, CTSI Program Director, Associate Vice Chancellor for Translational Science, Chief of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and Director of the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center (JCCC) Lung Cancer Research Program

Co-Investigator: Francisco Javier Iribarren, MSW, Psy.D.

Description: The CSRC is a member of the Community Engagement and Research Program (CERP), one of the cores of the UCLA Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI). Francisco Javier Iribarren, CSRC Assistant Director, is a co-investigator in the CERP. The CTSI’s mission is to create a borderless institute that brings combined innovations and resources to bear on the most pressing health needs of the diverse Los Angeles Latino community. CERP will play a critical role in this partnership between UCLA and the Los Angeles Latino community by promoting and facilitating meaningful dialogue between the community and scientific researchers. This groundbreaking enterprise is facilitated by a consortium that includes UCLA, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, and the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, and a myriad of community partners. Iribarren headed a study, “Community Engagement in Research Program (CERP) Instrument Implementation and Evaluation-A Mapping of the Social Network,” that resulted in a report mapping the social networks and collaborations between UCLA and community-based partners in service of the CTSI.