The Consortium in Applied Ethnographic and Community Health Sciences, hereafter referred to as the CAECHS (pronounced “Cash”), or the Consortium is a CuSAG program in development. Its purpose is to bring together faculty members, researchers, practitioners, policy makers, community leaders, and activists to cover a broad spectrum of ethnographic research methods and planned change perspectives to the fields of community health and organizational effectiveness.

The Consortium is first being developed through cross organizational Associates of CuSAG, who will then explore whether their organizations or representatives from those organizations would like to be included in the consortium structure. The Consortium will be further organized with teams based on the four systems included in the CEHC (community, organizational, and cultural assessment research, project planning, project implementation, and project evaluation). However, Consortium members may not feel compelled to use the exact methodologies of the CEHC, and may use whatever methodologies are most preferabable to them. 

As the consortium grows, new members may be added depending on the kind of work in which they are involved, and where they are located in various parts of the US or the world. A primary goal of the Consortium is to develop common approaches to research, training, and technical assistance in ethnography and community health planning, implementation, and evaluation.



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