Speaker Biographies: 2017 Community Engagement and Research Symposium
KeywordsUMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science
Community Engagement and Research Symposium
Civic and Community Engagement
Community Health and Preventive Medicine
Translational Medical Research
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AbstractBiographies of all the speakers at the 6th annual Community Engagement and Research Symposium, held Friday, March 3, 2017 at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA.
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Communities for Healthy Living: A Holistic Approach to Engaging Head Start Families to Improve Health OutcomesAftosmes-Tobio, Alyssa; Lansburg, Kindra (2019-03-22)The Communities for Healthy Living (CHL) project is a five year, pragmatic intervention trial to reduce and prevent childhood obesity among low-income preschoolers in the Greater Boston area. This workshop will demonstrate the successes and challenges of engaging parents as participants and leaders of a participatory intervention to prevent childhood obesity. Key lessons learned; give insight on how staff and parents were engaged from the outset; and what this type of program can offer diverse groups of parents. With a particular focus on the participatory nature of our work, we will describe the stages of our trial and discuss the current status of the project. Presenters will outline how CHL differs from other childhood obesity prevention trials, and place emphasis on their parent health and empowerment program – the keystone to the project. The presenters will lead the group in several activities taken directly from the parent program, to illustrate how parents of varying backgrounds and literacy levels can be engaged around health topics.
"Our lab is the community": Defining essential supporting infrastructure in engagement researchNease, Donald E. Jr.; Burton, Dee; Cutrona, Sarah L.; Edmundson, Lauren; Krist, Alex H.; Laws, Michael Barton; Tamez, Montelle (2018-08-01)Introduction: Effective patient engagement is central to patient-centered outcomes research. A well-designed infrastructure supports and facilitates patient engagement, enabling study development and implementation. We sought to understand infrastructure needs from recipients of Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) pilot grant awards. Methods: We surveyed recipients of PCORI pilot project awards on self-perceived strengths in engagement infrastructure through PCORI's Ways of Engaging-Engagement Activity Tool survey, and interviewed leaders of 8 projects who volunteered as exemplars. Descriptive statistics summarized the survey findings. We conducted a thematic analysis of the interview transcripts. Results: Of the 50 surveyed pilots, 22 answered the engagement infrastructure questions (44% response rate). Survey and interview findings emphasized the importance of committed institutional leadership, ongoing relationships with stakeholder organizations, and infrastructure funding through Clinical and Translational Science Awards, PCORI, and institutional discretionary funds. Conclusions: These findings highlight the importance of and how to improve upon existing institutional infrastructure.
Poster Session: 2019 Community Engagement and Research SymposiumCommunity Engagement and Research Symposium (2019-03-22)Abstracts of posters presented at the 8th annual Community Engagement and Research Symposium, held Friday, March 22, 2019, at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA. Some presenters have made the full text of their posters available; these posters can be viewed in the symposium's Poster Archive.