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Researchers can look to Extension Health Research to assist in the recruitment of human subjects and participate directly in externally funded research by informing needs assessments, disseminating research or clinical findings, and implementing and evaluating health programs delivered to underserved audiences.

MSU Extension educators can contribute to grant writing teams or serve as time-limited grant-supported research staff. Some benefits of this partnership include:

  • Salary savings and research dollars are mutually beneficial through this university partnership.
  • Community-based research efforts enhance scholarship and benefit engaged universities that seek competitive funding. Communities can significantly impact research findings, adding to the generalizability of social research studies, especially those needed in understanding the social determinants of health.

Request a Meeting

If you are interested in learning more, request a meeting with our Extension Health Research team.

Attend a Speed Meeting

The MSU Extension Health Research team has an innovative approach to create partnerships and to educate researchers and faculty on Extension’s history, infrastructure, and existing health programs.

A primary objective of the speed meeting is to expose university researchers to the breadth and depth of Extension health-related programs.

Speed meetings take place on the main university campus, and eight additional remote locations for community-based public health scientists housed at clinical sites and university community campuses.

The event is a two-hour working lunch with up to ten nine-minute presentations by a variety of Extension educators highlighting program need, target audience, educational objectives, outcomes, and potential future research connections. Presenters have seven minutes to speak on their health program topic and two minutes to answer questions before the next speaker begins. Optional additional time with presenters for one-on-one conversations after the presentations furthers connections. In the past, if Extension and researchers shared an interest, they would set up future meetings to discuss potential grant proposals.

Since 2015, three speed meetings have resulted in 154 participants from over 15 university departments. The event has expanded to include participants from the Colleges of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Human Medicine, Natural Science, Nursing, Osteopathic Medicine and Social Science. Attendees included deans, public health scientists, medical students, professors, Extension educators, community healthcare employees, and clinical staff in rural areas of the state.