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 Critical 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.