The toolkit builds on the Community Engagement Studio model and toolkit developed by the Meharry-Vanderbilt Community Engaged Research Core. The toolkit provides guidance, tools, and resources for engaging diverse community experts in the development and implementation of research and potential dissemination of research findings. The Virtual Community Engagement Studio (V-CES) gives researchers and community stakeholders, defined as community experts, an interactive, efficient, and effective way to engage and provide meaningful input into all phases of research. The V-CES provides a framework for engaging community members in a way that is culturally sensitive and in keeping with their priorities, values, and needs. The Maternal Health Research Collaborative tailored the model for conducting a V-CES with mothers with behavioral health conditions and intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as providers or practitioners, advocates, policy makers, and researchers.

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