At Advance RI-CTR, we support research that is relevant, accessible, and impactful to the entire state of Rhode Island.


Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics: Underserved Populations (RADx-UP)

"Developing a Real Time Monitoring System and Program to Improve COVID-19 Testing for Latinx Populations" (U54, NIGMS)

This statewide, community health partnership leverages the Rhode Island Health Information Exchange, CurrentCare, to improve COVID-19 testing and mitigate vaccine hesitancy within the Latinx communities in our state. 

The overarching goal of the program is to understand the factors that have led to the disproportionate burden of the pandemic on these underserved and vulnerable populations so that community-driven interventions can be implemented to decrease these disparities. 


  • Advance RI-CTR
  • Blackstone Valley Community Health Care
  • Bradley Hospital
  • Brown Center for Biomedical Informatics
  • Brown School of Public Health
  • Brown Warren Alpert Medical School
  • Clinica Esperanza
  • Open Door Health
  • Progreso Latino
  • Providence Community Health Centers
  • Rhode Island Parent Information Network
  • Rhode Island Quality Institute
  • Rhode Island Free Clinic
  • The Miriam Hospital
  • Thundermist Health

Learn more about RADx-UP


At Advance RI-CTR, we believe that community participation at every stage of the research process is essential to building trust, lasting partnerships, and ensuring that research findings are properly conveyed back to the communities they intend to serve. 

Now in Phase II of our IDeA-CTR award, our new Community Engagement and Outreach Core is dedicated to funding and facilitating meaningful research partnerships between investigators and community stakeholders.

Learn more about the CEO Core

Community-Engaged Investigators Sponsored by Advance-CTR

Partner Organizations

The Brown Swearer Center for Public Service

The Swearer Center partners with a wide range of entities (nonprofit organizations, schools/school districts, state and local government agencies, etc.) as co-educators, co-developers, and co-creators of knowledge in community engagement and engaged scholarship work. Each year, the center maintains 80+ organizational partnerships locally and deploys 600+ Brown student volunteers/fellows to work with partnering organizations.

Its goal is to create reciprocal partnerships with organizations focused on community development and social change. The center has identified the following issues areas as priorities for partnership and engagement:

  1. Health (Access and Equity)
  2. ​The Environment
  3. Economic Justice
  4. The Arts
  5. Education

Learn about the Swearer Center

The Rhode Island Department of Health

The RI DOH works to prevent disease and protect and promote the health and safety of the people of Rhode Island. The RI DOH has put forth a Strategic Framework that serves as its blueprint for reducing disparities and achieving health equity in Rhode Island. The framework includes 23 population health goals that are being targeted by all agencies within the OHHS. 

Learn about the RI DOH Strategic Framework