Community Research Fellows Training

The purpose of Community Research Fellows Training is to promote the role of racial/ethnic and other underserved populations in the research enterprise by increasing the capacity for community based participatory research between academia researchers, public health workers, community based organizations, and community health workers serving Mississippi.

Specific Aims

Aim 1: Enhance community knowledge and understanding of research and create a cadre of trained community members who may be able to serve on Institution Review Boards and community research advisory boards.

Aim 2: Evaluate the Community Research Fellows Training Program.

Potential Benefits to Participants

  • Participants will learn skills and tools that will help them to become more effective in improving the health of their local communities.
  • Participants will be able to engage and network with community leaders, public health professionals, and researchers with similar interests in improving health and health outcomes in Mississippi.
  • Participants will be able to serve a vital role in ensuring that community research projects are designed and implemented to positively impact their communities.


  • A resident of Mississippi
  • A minimum of a high school education; a strong desire to work and/or has worked at the national, state, or local level on health issues including but not limited to:
    • Leader or member of health ministry at church
    • Designed, planned, or implemented community health education events
    • Leader or member of county or city health council
    • Leader or member of school health council
    • Leader or member of a health-related coalition
  • Be able to commit to 3 hours, once a week, for 12 consecutive weeks.

We appreciate your interest in the Community Research Fellows Training (CRFT). As a result of current events, we recognize that many of you are responding to evolving needs related to COVID-19 both personally and professionally. We will continue accepting applications and resumes for those interested in the program. The reference letters have been waived at this time. Applications will be accepted beyond the initial April 10 deadline, but you are encouraged to submit your application and resume as soon as possible.

In response to current events, we are considering different delivery methods that will be responsive to applicant and community needs while adhering to all safety guidelines for federal and state public health agencies.

Please email Tanya Funchess at or Kezi Jones at with any questions you have about CRFT.

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If you are interested in the Community Research Fellows Training and fit the above criteria, submit your documents below.

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