U-TuRN Vision

The specific vision of U-TuRN is to ‘enable healthy lives by empowering communities to take action informed by science,’ but we recognize that solutions will only have lasting impact if we 1) build and support the infrastructure needed to facilitate community / campus partnerships, and 2) rigorously evaluate the adoption, implementation, and sustainability of such partnerships to support lasting changes. Thus, the focus of the work is on systems-based approaches that build capacity in community settings so that they can adopt and implement evidence-based tools and practices.

The U-TuRN approach emphasizes transdisciplinary partnerships between researchers and community stakeholders to enable shared learning and mutually beneficial collaboration. As shown in the figure below, the intersection between transdisciplinary research and science-driven practice is central to sustainable community health impact.