The Public Health Institute of Western MA (PHIWM) is partnering with Baystate Medical Center’s Institute for Healthcare Delivery and Population Science (BMC IHDPS) to build capacity for community-engaged research through Project ACCCES: A Collaboration to Develop Capacity to Conduct Community-Engaged Research in Springfield.
Project ACCCES focuses on building equitable community-academic research partnerships that leverage the expertise of researchers and the lived experience of community stakeholders to address health inequities in Springfield. Project ACCCES was initiated by PHIWM, BMC and the Springfield Department of Health and Human Services through funding from the Patient Centered Outcome Research Institute. Workshops were held in September and October of 2016 and centered on building community-academic research partnerships in Springfield. PHIWM and BMC IHDPS have continued to convene research partnerships focused on maternal and child health, youth mental health and substance use, and chronic disease.