I was glad for the background information and training that the [CIRTification] training program provided.  I recently began a health clinic employment as a data analyst. And, although I currently do not participate in the collection of data for research studies, I do run reports on patient data and it is important to protect patient data when report data needs to be aggregated for its use.  At the clinic, it is important to maintain a culture that keeps a patient feeling safe, valued, and informed. The human subjects protections training served to reinforce the importance of protecting patients and society and furthering research for understanding health concerns. It was beneficial to learn about the research study process by learning how many groups of individuals work as a collective from beginning to end in these studies: medical professionals, research leaders and staff, and the patients and volunteers all work together cohesively for the goal to better understand our current health conditions and hopefully create interventions and changes in the medical and public health areas in our communities.


Maribel A.  |  Participant, UIC Citizen Scientist Program
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“This was such a great, quick and easy approach to providing our partners the necessary training to be successful in our spaces.  We followed up with them to discuss any questions they may have had from the training within the context of our project.  The in-person training was great because it helped develop the team.  However, the online version has really moved us quickly.”

Elizabeth Prom-Wormley  |  Virginia Commonwealth University, Seventh District Helath and Wellness Initiative
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“I found it to be very user friendly and translatable for people who are not engaged in research on a regular basis.”

Christina Rush  |  University of Colorado Denver, Nueva Vida, Cuidando a mis Cuidadores (Caring for My Caregivers)
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“When we started this project, we were looking for an alternative to Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program) and we were looking for a program in Spanish. We reached out to CIRTification… Without these materials we could not have trained our community recruiters. We also used a draft letter from CIRTification that we could submit to our IRB. Because our IRB relies on CITI we found this letter helpful to get ‘buy-in’ from our IRB.”

Jasmine Santoyo-Olsson  |  University of California San Francisco, Nuevo Amanecer
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“Utilizing the CIRTification portal was actually a great training gateway for our community researchers with the What Girls Need Now project. Dr. Anderson availed herself to the team to walk us through the process of getting registered. Once that happened, the researchers found it very user friendly and were able to complete the training for the certification needed to move forward.”

Carol Washington  |  Implementation Manager, Girls in the Game
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“We incorporated the human subjects protection training into our Citizen Scientist Certificate program. The human subjects protections training was a critical to help frame our sessions on research ethics. Participants noted that they really enjoyed the training, it was easy to follow along, and very enlightening.”

Melissa Martin  |  Chitracing Project Coordinator, Collaboratory for Health Justice, UIC School of Public Health

Who is using CIRTification?

  • University of Illinois Chicago
  • Northwestern University
  • Rush University
  • Georgetown University
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • University of Kentucky
  • Campbell University
  • University of Miami
  • Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
  • Union Theological Seminary-Jewish Theological Seminary
  • Alliance Chicago
  • Howard Brown
  • University of California San Francisco
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • University of Colorado (Denver)
  • Pastors 4 PCOR
  • Morehouse School of Medicine
  • University of Virginia
  • George Washington University
  • University of Maryland Baltimore County
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

Published Research Citing CIRTification

Prom-Wormley, E. C., Ilyas, F., Gregory, D., Scott, A., Willaford, P., Fritz, L., … & Kenney, B. (2020). A Participatory Group Process within a Health Collaborative to Collect and Disseminate Needs Assessment Data. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action14(3), 285-297. 10.1353/cpr.2020.0034

Holliday, R. C., Phillips, R., & Akintobi, T. H. (2020). A Community-Based Participatory Approach to the Development and Implementation of an HIV Health Behavior Intervention: Lessons Learned in Navigating Research and Practice Systems from Project HAPPY. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health17(2), 399.

Lynch, E. B., Williams, J., Avery, E., Crane, M. M., Lange-Maia, B., Tangney, C., … & Epting, S. M. (2020). Partnering with Churches to Conduct a Wide-Scale Health Screening of an Urban, Segregated Community. Journal of Community Health45(1), 98-110.

Martin, Molly A., et al. “Design and sample characteristics of COordinated Oral health Promotion (CO-OP) Chicago: A cluster-randomized controlled trial.” Contemporary clinical trials 92 (2020): 105919.

Studts, C. R., Merritt, A. S., Pilar, M. R., Bundy, H., Bardach, S. H., Jacobs, J. A., & Feltner, F. J. (2020). Parent and Provider Preferences for Parenting Intervention Delivery in Rural Appalachia: A Qualitative Analysis Guiding Adaptation. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved31(3), 1399-1426. 10.1353/hpu.2020.0102

Johnson, R., Ingram, D., Gordon, B. S., Davis, P., & Greer-Smith, R. (2020). Community-Initiated Research Engagement: Equitable Partnership Delivering Research-Ready Faith-Based Ambassadors. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action14(2), 197-206. 10.1353/cpr.2020.0020

Santoyo-Olsson J, Stewart AL, Samayoa C, Palomino H, Urias A, Gonzalez N, et al. (2019) Translating a stress management intervention for rural Latina breast cancer survivors: The Nuevo Amanecer-II. PLoS ONE 14(10): e0224068.

Mitchell, E. M., Lothamer, H., Garcia, C., Marais, A. D., Camacho, F., Poulter, M., … & Smith, J. S. (2020). Acceptability and Feasibility of Community-Based, Lay Navigator-Facilitated At-Home Self-Collection for Human Papillomavirus Testing in Underscreened Women. Journal of Women’s Health29(4), 596-602.

Hefele, B., Langan, S. M., Pollins, K., & Gelfand, J. M. (2019). Engaging the Patient’s Perspective in Clinical Trials Research. The Journal of investigative dermatology139(6), 1217.

Hosler, J. J., Abrams, J. A., & Godsay, S. (2018). Combining task shifting and community-based care to improve maternal health: Practical approaches and patient perceptions. Social Science & Medicine216, 26-32.

Arcaya, M. C., Schnake-Mahl, A., Binet, A., Simpson, S., Church, M. S., Gavin, V., … & Ursprung, S. (2018). Community change and resident needs: Designing a Participatory Action Research study in Metropolitan Boston. Health & place52, 221-230.

Laura B Portalupi, Carmen L Lewis, Carl D Miller, Kerry L Whiteman-Jones, Kay A Sather, Donald E Nease, Jr, Daniel D Matlock, Developing a patient and family research advisory panel to include people with significant disease, multimorbidity and advanced age, Family Practice, Volume 34, Issue 3, 1 June 2017, Pages 364–369,

Mosavel, M., Ferrell, D., & LaRose, J. G. (2016). House Chats as a Grassroots Engagement Methodology in Community-Based Participatory Research: The WE Project, Petersburg. Progress in community health partnerships : research, education, and action10(3), 391–400.

Rush, C. L., Darling, M., Elliott, M. G., Febus-Sampayo, I., Kuo, C., Muñoz, J., … & Caicedo, L. (2015). Engaging Latina cancer survivors, their caregivers, and community partners in a randomized controlled trial: Nueva Vida intervention. Quality of Life Research24(5), 1107-1118.

Muramatsu, N., Madrigal, J., Berbaum, M. L., Henderson, V. A., Jurivich, D. A., Zanoni, J., … & Cruz Madrid, K. (2015). Co-learning with home care aides and their clients: collaboratively increasing individual and organizational capacities. Gerontology & geriatrics education36(3), 261-277.

Hand, R. K., Lawless, M. E., Deming, N., & Steiber, A. L. (2014). Development and pilot testing of a human subjects protection training course unique to registered dietitian nutritionists. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics114(12), 2009-2016.

Lazarus, L., Shaw, A., LeBlanc, S., Martin, A., Marshall, Z., Weersink, K., … & Tyndall, M. W. (2014). Establishing a community-based participatory research partnership among people who use drugs in Ottawa: the PROUD cohort study. Harm Reduction Journal11(1), 1-8.