Community Engagement at Academic Health Centers

An Introduction to this Special Issue


  • Joseph Allen University of Utah
  • Melissa Yack University of Utah
  • Sara Hart University of Utah



community engagement, academic health centers, anchor institutions


Academic health centers are essential in many communities, providing health professions education and patient-focused services. These institutions often serve as anchor institutions for community-engaged efforts to serve underserved populations. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the central nature of academic health centers, and the well-being of communities, were on full display. This special issue aims to contribute to and expand our understanding and inform empirically the evidence-based programming, interventions, and policies that strengthen community engagement at academic health centers.  


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