Collaborations and Partnerships Core

The Collaborations and Partnerships Core (CPC) manages a Resource Center for Collaborative Research (RCCR) as a virtual center that functions as a hub to provide relevant information to those interested in establishing collaborative research and new partnerships. The RCCR will establish links to relevant information for proposal development services and research design provided by the PRCTRC, procedures for the establishment of collaborations and partnerships and will also be the home of the PRCTRC Newsletter.

The overall goal of the Collaborations and Partnerships (CP) core is to advance and foster opportunities in clinical and translational research by enhancing the use of new and existing resources, focusing on expanding multidisciplinary research aimed at reducing health disparities.

The CP core is a medular component of the PRCTRC in that it represents the Consortium in the establishment of new partnerships throughout the clinical and translational research community as well as the lay community. While initial relationships and collaborations are begun and established through individual key functions within the PRCTRC, CP is responsible for the formal negotiation of collaborative agreements that establish the formal agreements through which research may be initiated. The CP core will address these goals through two specific aims:

Core Aims

  • Expand the reach of the PRCTRC through the active engagement of strategic partners to perform clinical and translational research in health disparities.
  • Integrate the efforts of scientists within partners’ institutions to promote clinical and translational research that impact our Hispanic community.

Collaborations and Partnerships

At the CPC we are interested in the development of new partnerships to broaden our research base. In addition we are also interested in the growth of current partnerships with the development of new investigations.

CPC may help in identifying resources for the establishment of new partnerships; develop Memoranda of Understanding or other documentation to formalize this relationship and to integrate new partners with the other cores and resources of the PRCTRC. Please contact us to initiate the process.

Find a Collaborator

The PRCTRC has stablished research partnerships with various community, research and clinical institutions. PRCTRC promotes the development of research clusters made up of researchers from the whole island and abroad.

As an initial activity we need to identify researchers. We are asking you to access the Profile database at the RCMI Translational Research Network

Our Current Partners

We specialize in:

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD and ADDH)
  • Specific Learning Problems (LD)

The New Horizons Center is a non-profit organization founded in 1988 by a group of parents. It is founded with the purpose of seeking new educational and training models aimed at developing and strengthening the potential and integration of youth and adults with developmental disabilities.

The Protected House Julia de Burgos was created in San Juan in 1979 by a small group of women and men who lived the bitter experience of succoring a battered young woman with her children. Given the situation in Puerto Rico that there were no resources to help this and many other women in need, this group was dedicated to creating a space where these women and their children had the opportunity to change their lives.

We are the first shelter program in Puerto Rico for women and their abused children. Here, conjugal violence and magnitude were defined in the country. Important information was collected on the characteristics of abused women and aggressive men. This information served as a basis for the development of the first models of intervention and assistance.

ASPIRA, Inc. of Puerto Rico (ASPIRA) is the leading non-governmental educational organization in Puerto Rico; An entity characterized by its long-term commitment to the development of leaders in the Puerto Rican community and to the education that promotes the human condition and the democratic process. Since our founding in 1969, ASPIRA has focused on providing personal and professional growth opportunities to young people and adults of limited resources through services and programs for personal development and leadership through their efforts to promote public policy for the benefit of this population.

ASPIRA’s efforts over the years have been recognized. Not only for their success, but for their creativity, innovation, dynamism and passion. As a result, ASPIRA has been a positive and powerful force, contributing to the removal of social and economic barriers that keep individuals and communities at a disadvantage socioeconomic, which remain outside the mainstream of our society. The goals and activities of ASPIRA are born from a deep belief that Puerto Ricans have the collective potential for the improvement of their communities.

The Puerto Rican Lung Association is a voluntary community-based, non-profit health organization, purely Puerto Rican. Committed to the pulmonary health of our citizens. The financial resources we receive are used to provide education, promotion and prevention of pulmonary health here in Puerto Rico, for the benefit of all. The Association is the oldest voluntary health organization in Puerto Rico, founded in 1931.

During the last 82 years, we have contributed to improving the quality of life of our brothers in the island. In these demanding times, we are working tirelessly to continue providing quality services looking towards the future, fulfilling our new mission: To promote pulmonary health through education, prevention and protection of the environment guided by the principles of service, integrity, solidarity and commitment.

The Christian humanistic philosophy of working in the community through its services and programs emphasizes the integral development of the person and is recognized his dignity as a child of God. The Sister Isolina Ferre Centers develop men and women in their fullness within a community that has been rediscovered, re-educated and revitalized. The Centers transform and revitalize communities through education and training and turn their natural leaders into their collaborators.


Coai is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting health and preventing diseases, from a social justice and human rights perspective, with an emphasis on lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, questioning, queer and intersexual people (LHBTTQQI) in Puerto Rico.

United Way of Puerto Rico is a private, non-profit organization that for over 45 years has been dedicated to promoting the common good, creating opportunities for a better quality of life for all, by working as a team with volunteers, investors Social, charities and collaborators from different sectors. Our focus is on education, financial stability and health as the pillars to achieve a good quality of life. Currently, we financially support 138 participating non-profit institutions and partner organizations that offer direct services to our people: children, youth, adults and seniors. In addition, we have community-based programs and initiatives such as: Puerto Rico’s the 2-1-1 (now also online 211PR), the Volunteer Center that integrates the I care about you Club and Sowing Future for the development of a new generation, which provides the basis for fostering the development and continuous learning of early childhood in Puerto Rico.

The Puerto Rican Down Syndrome Foundation is the first and only organization to serve the population with Down syndrome with a comprehensive approach to services. Its mission is to work towards an effective and productive integration of people with Down syndrome into the educational, social and economic structures of the country.

Our objectives are:

  • Work to develop to the maximum the individual capacity of each child and young person with Down Syndrome.
  • Advocate for all the rights of this population, including their integration into the social, educational and economic sphere.
  • Work to strengthen the relationships of our children, young adults in the community.
  • Complete the dream of all the visions of the Foundation and achieve the establishment of a permanent community that provides lodging and service for people with Down Syndrome of all ages.

The Puerto Rican Down Syndrome Foundation contributes to the development and independent living of children and youth with Down syndrome through eight service programs:

  • Pasitos Preschool Center
  • Program of Therapies
  • Reading and writing program Ludoteka
  • Center for Sustained Employment
  • Art and painting workshop
  • Dance workshop
  • Independent living program
  • Recreational sports program adapted
  • Support group, referrals and orientations

The main purpose of the Addressing Asthma from a Public Health Perspective Project is to develop and implement a Statewide Asthma Plan and a Surveillance System throughout the island with the collaboration of agencies and organizations that make up the Asthma Coalition of Puerto Rico.

Health Workshop, Inc. is the first feminist group organized in Puerto Rico to work with women’s health. Created in 1979 by two pioneers who worked in New York against the massive sterilization of poor and Latin American women, mostly Puerto Ricans. Upon their return to Puerto Rico, they organized to help guarantee the right to terminate a pregnancy and access contraceptives as an alternative to mass sterilization of low-income women. Over time, their work expanded to cover other issues related to the health and sexuality of women of all ages.

We have worked continuously and successfully for 29 years around the health of girls, young people and women with a gender analysis. We work to provide women with more knowledge about their health and greater awareness of the power we must obtain adequate health services that meet our needs. Our way of informing and educating is to create a safe space for exposing experiences and needs about your body and your overall health. We are interested in women being aware of issues affecting their health and creating strategies to overcome them; For this we offer workshops and talks where the information is imparted in a clear, precise and with all possible alternatives. This allows women to make decisions that are responsible and in keeping with each situation they face in their life.

Our work began with adult women and has been transformed to include girls from the age of six to older women in communities with scarce economic resources. All our activities are characterized by their active and participatory methodologies, using personal experience as a source of knowledge and learning. Knowledge transfer is a process that transforms project participants by strengthening their self-esteem, broadening their decision-making power, promoting their skills, and changing attitudes towards extreme risk and vulnerability.

Community Organizations with research experience at PRCTRC:

1. Health workshop, Inc: This organization have participated in 3 research protocols:

Arte con Salud- AcS, Cultivando la Salud- CLS and Working

Against Violence by Eliminating Disparities -WAVED

Community Academic Partnership –Research “Arte con Salud; AcS”

Contact: Health workshop

2. Centers Sister Isolina Ferre:

Quebrada Alta Community Academic Partnership- QA

Programa Activate por tu Salud- PAPS.

Contact: Centers Sister Isolina Ferre

3. Other Community Organizations

4. Community Based Organizations

5. Collaborative Group 2013-14

Marcia Cruz-Correa, MD, PhD
Principal Investigator/Program Director

787-772-8300 ext. 1221

Margarita Irizarry, PhD
Leader MSC

787-758-2525 ext. 7035/4009

Zilka Rios, MS
Co-Leader UCC

787-798-3001 ext. 2082

José Torres-Ruiz
Co-Leader PHSU

787-840-2575 ext. 2285