Symposium 2014

Friday, March 25, 2016; 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Albert Sherman Center UMass Medical School, Worcester, MA


Keynote Speaker:

Carolyn Holbrook Jenkins, MS, MSN, LD, RD, APRN-BC, DrPH, FAAN

Medical University of South Carolina, College of Nursing

Health Promotion Research and Education

 Goal of the Symposium: To build our shared capacity to address health issues in communities throughout Massachusetts by creating opportunities for people to meet each other, learn more about each other’s work and interests, and make connections and plan for future collaborative work.

Audience: Community leaders, faculty and staff from all five UMass campuses and other organizations and institutions interested in partnered research.

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To register for the Symposium please visit our website:

The UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science is part of a national Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) led by the National Institutes of Health's National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS). This Symposium is supported through grant number UL1TR001453-01. 


Past Symposia

Click here to find Past Agendas, Breakout Sessions, and Posters with Abstracts and presentations from past Symposia.

Building on Partnership Strengths to Improve Community Health

4th Annual Community Engagement and Research Symposium 

Date:         Friday, November 7, 2014 Time: 8:00am - 4:00pm


Our 4th Annual Symposium was a vibrant day, filled rich conversations. The Symposium was co-hosted by the CPH-NEW (Center for the Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace).

Dr. Kenneth Mayer, Director of Medical Research and Co-Chair of The Fenway Institute, was our Keynote Speaker, with a presentation titled: "Community Health Centers and Translational Clinical Research: The Fenway Health Experience". He inspired us with his description of the work of The Fenway Institute and how research to improve the lives of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, and people with HIV/AIDS not only greatly improved the health of many people in the community, but also helped to create a strong and growing health center.

The Symposium also featured over 40 posters presented by many academic-community partnered research projects, community organizations, and students.

Breakout sessions included:

  • You Want Us to do What? How to Conduct Community-Engaged Research Studies from the Perspective of the Community Organizations: Evidence from the Kidsteps II Study
  • CPH-NEW Research to Practice Forum: Results of 2013 Pilot Grants Program for Total Worker HealthTM
  • Improving Health Care for Clients in Opiate Treatment Via Evidence-based Practice Quality Improvement
  • Creating Cricual Connections: Lessons Learned from Engaging Diverse Communities in Research
  • CPH-NEW Using Surveillance and Research Findings to Improve Worksite Health & Safety Practice
  • UMass Lowell Gerontology Community-Engaged Research Panel

To finish a successful day, we held a Gerontology Community Engaged Research Discussion group to discuss next step in partnered research focused on improving the health and lives of seniors.

Click here to find the Agenda, Breakout Session Information, Posters with Abstracts, and many posters and presentations.


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