Community Engagement

The IIMS Community Engagement team works to provide infrastructure support for research to enhance community responsiveness, research relevance, scientific value, and public health impact. Our team specializes in engaging with different groups including:  community-based, health practitioners, and academics. Together, we work with our community partners to translate research findings from basic science, to clinical practice, to public health benefit.


2015 Community Engagement Symposium: Developing and Enhancing Collaborations for the Translation of Research 

The IIMS Community Engagement Team invites to the 2015 IIMS/CTSA Community Engagement Symposium on May 2nd, 2015 at the UTHSCSA Greehey Campus from 8:00am-3:30pm. 


Topic:  Translational science describes how research discoveries are translated from basic science, to clinical practice, to public health benefit.  This symposium addresses methods for developing and enhancing community and academic collaborations for the translation of research.

Keynote Speaker: Jonathon, N. Tobin, PhD, CEO President/CEO – Clinical Directors Network, Inc.Co-Director for Community Engaged Research and Adjunct Professor –The Rockefeller University, and Professor, Dept. of Epidemiology & Population Health –Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University

Goal:  To share examples and perceptions of how community and academic collaborations can be used as a strategy for the translation of research

Conference objectives: (1) to showcase current projects (within different phases of the translational spectrum) for possible future collaborations; (2) to identify methods for engaging the community in all phases of research; and (3) to build the capacity of the community and academics to engage in authentic collaborations.

Audience: Community groups (i.e., Translational Advisory Boards, Practice-Based Research Networks) and academic researchers/staff/trainees who presently work together, or wish to do so in the future are welcome to attend.  

Posters:  All attendees are invited to submit poster abstracts that reflect “Developing and Enhancing Collaborations for the Translation of Research”.  We encourage work that includes community members as co-authors. Abstracts that meet one or more of the following criteria are welcome: 

1.       Scientifically rigorous studies that build on existing knowledge of their respective topics in any relevant discipline (as well as inter-disciplinary and collaborative) and seek the next steps for translation   

2.       Community-based studies/programs that effectively involve community and academic teams to address a community health concern. Community-based participatory research studies and other forms of patient/practice-based community engagement are welcome.

Posters abstracts should include the following sections: 

  1.  Health Concern Addressed
  2. Significance - Why is the research/project important?
  3. Method - What was the strategy for addressing the problem?
  4. Results - What were the findings?
  5. Conclusions - What do the results mean? What are the next steps for developing or enhancing a community academic collaboration?

Submit your poster abstract by 04/06/2015 here:

To register for the symposium, go here:

Please contact Elisabeth De La Rosa at or at (210)562-4087 for additional informaiton.