City of Hope Minority Research Conference

To improve quality and outcome, HEAL collaborates and affiliates continuously with scholars, academic institutions, scientists, foundations, industry and inventors in the umbrella of bio-medicine, nursing, public health, federal and local health and human services departments, among others who desire to conduct community-based and community defined evidence projects (CDEP) and research. Community-based research refers to a partnership between an institution and a community organization such as Health Education Advocacy Leadership (HEAL). The partners come together around a mutually identified goal where every stakeholder participates in the research. That is, from the design phase to the point where outcomes are published and programs, procedures, systems are enhanced due to the findings

In choosing our partners, we are vigilant about protecting the safety and confidentiality of our participants. Our main goal in working with researchers is to enhance the quality of our services, ultimately helping to close the gap in health.

Our most successful partnerships result in research that improves our work and helps inform policymakers and experts in the medical and social services fields about effective, efficient, and programs and projects with external reliability.

In order to review and/or approve internal and external opportunities for research involving HEAL’s participants and/or staff we have developed an inter-disciplinary committee and decision-making body, the Community Engagement Research Committee (CERC).

The CERC meets monthly and will consider proposals if it determines that a research project would assist HEAL in enhancing the services provided to our participants, or to inform best practices in program design, implementation, evaluation, and outcomes.


If you have innovative ideas and /or would like to conduct research in collaboration with HEAL, please review the information below:


  1. Complete the Community Engagement Research Committee’s Application form and email it to Dr. Darling Richiez at
  2. You will be given an appointment to present your research proposal.
  3. CERC will review your proposal according to the following criteria:
    • Is the research design and intention aligned with HEAL’s mission, vision and values?
    • Has the research proposal gained Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval? If not, what are potential risks or harm to subjects and/or agency?
    • How and when will findings be shared with HEAL & research participants?
    • Will any HEAL staff be a Co-Principal Investigator (PI) when appropriate?
    • Will HEAL be able to co-author any future publication or collaborate in any media opportunity?
    • How will HEAL be able to use the results to enhance programming?
    • What is the financial gain for HEAL?
    • What will be the time commitment for staff and/or participants?
    • What are the space, supplies, or equipment requirements?
  4. No data or access to HEAL’s participants will be shared with any party until the CERC approves the research proposal. Researchers whose proposals are accepted, implemented, and operationalized will be invited to submit an abstract and present the research findings at a bi-annual symposium organized by HEAL.