What We Do

The Community Engagement & Outreach Core seeks to engage the community in every aspect of research. We aim to initiate, guide, and support research which addresses community priorities. Our Rural Research Navigators serve as Community Ambassadors to help conduct, promote, and advance community-engaged research in northern New England. We engage a diverse set of partners across our region and collaboratively strengthen community involvement in health research. We look forward to working with you!


The broad goals of the Community Engagement & Outreach Core are:

  • to support communities in identifying their unique priorities for research and then help them share those priorities with investigators, healthcare organizations, and stakeholders
  • to build a robust structure supporting engagement between communities and investigators
  • to engage investigators in research to reduce health disparities and inequities across communities in our region
  • to foster a culture of research that recognizes and welcomes community stakeholders' expertise across the translational research spectrum
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How to Get Involved

Looking to engage communities in your research project? Or are you a community member, service provider, or stakeholder interested in informing research as a valued partner? Check out our resources below or contact our Rural Research Navigators.

Community Members

Any community member or interested partner who
represents community interests.

  • Community centers & libraries
  • Legal & justice system representatives
  • Local health centers & clinical providers
  • Local politicians & community leaders
  • People & patients with lived experience
  • Public health, social service, & healthcare representatives
  • School, afterschool, & youth development officials

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CTR Investigators

Research and other investigators registered with
the NNE-CTR.

  • Clinicians & Researchers
  • Data scientists
  • Faculty & staff
  • Laboratory personnel
  • Masters of public health programs
  • Medical, graduate, & undergraduate students
  • Northern New England Practice-Based Research Network

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Administrative Core

Biostatistics, Epidemiology, & Research Design Core

Community Engagement & Outreach Core

Pilot Projects Program

Professional Development Core

Tracking & Evaluation Core

Translational Research Technologies Core



Please email us with any questions or for assistance accessing services.

Need to Become a Member?

All NNE-CTR members have access to our services and support. Learn more about membership here and gain access to our core services and programs.

Our Team

Jan Carney headshot

Jan Carney, MD MPH
University of Vermont
Core Lead

Neil Korson headshot

Neil Korsen, MD
Dartmouth PBRN & MaineHealth
PBRN Co-Investigator

Charles Maclean headshot

Charles MacLean, MDCM, FACP
University of Vermont
PBRN Co-Investigator

Emma DayBranch headshot

Emma DayBranch, MPH
Rural Navigator

Nancy Kaplan headshot

Nancy Kaplan, MS
University of Vermont
Rural Navigator


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Elizabeth K. Woods, Ph.D.
University of Vermont
Rural Navigator

Carrie Sullivan headshot

Carrie Sullivan, MPH
Rural Navigator

Lisbeth Weirda headshot

Lisbeth Balligan, MPH
Research Program Director