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2018 IIMS Community Engagement Symposium

Saturday, September 29, 2018 ♦ 8:00am to 2:30pm 

Witte Museum ♦  3801 Broadway San Antonio, Texas 78209 

 Program Booklet



Translational science describes how research discoveries are translated from basic science, to clinical practice, to public health benefit. The IIMS Community Engagement Symposium addresses methods for developing and enhancing community-campus partnerships for the translation of research. Our goal this year is to share examples and perceptions of how community-campus partnerships can be used as a strategy to translate research for health equity. Together, patients, families, communities and researchers will learn how they can work together to design, implement and share quality research that has far-reaching effects on important community health outcomes.


We invite community members, students, healthcare practitioners, and investigators interested in community-campus reasearch partnerships.


Values. Voice. Individual differences. Choosing All Together (CHAT) is an interactive serious game that aims to engage ordinary persons in informed, inclusive deliberation about complex and value-laden allocation decisions. The Deliberative Engagement Community in Decisions about Research Spending (DECIDERS) team is a diverse group of individuals dedicated to the improvement of health across the state of Michigan by enabling community members to have a voice in health research decisions and spending priorities.

Jack Westfall, MD, MPH
Susan Goold, MD, MHSA, MA - University of Michigan

Dr. Goold is a Professor of Internal Medicine and Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan. Board certified in internal medicine since 1990, she has practiced and supervised resident continuity clinics for over 20 years. Her clinical interests include adult primary care, doctor-patient relationships, communication and ethics. Dr. Goold directed the University’s first Bioethics Program for 10 years and currently leads the research program in Health, Justice and Community at the Center for Bioethics, Social Sciences and Medicine. She brings a variety of methods of inquiry, empirical and theoretical, to improve knowledge, understanding and practice in "money medicine and ethics," resource allocation and distributive justice, conflicts of interest, ethics of health policy and community engagement, with the goal of improving health equity. Her research emphasizes the perspectives of doctors, patients and the public on resources. She and a colleague invented the award-winning priority-setting exercise CHAT, which has been used in many states and several countries by researchers, educators and policy makers. She has led numerous projects engaging minority and underserved communities in deliberations about health, health care and health research priorities.

Sergio Sánchez
Zachary Rowe, BBA - Friends of Parkside 

Mr. Rowe is the Executive Director of Friends of Parkside, a grassroots community-based organization on Detroit’s eastside which provides programs for youth, a computer learning center, health and safety projects, and linkages for residents to employment and personal development opportunities. He has been involved with various community-based participatory research (CBPR) projects for more than 23 years and is a founding member of the Detroit Urban Research Center (Detroit URC) Board, the Healthy Environments Partnership Steering Committee, Community Action Against Asthma Steering Committee, and REACH Detroit Partnership Steering Committee. Mr. Rowe served on the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR) Community Engagement Coordinating Council (University of Michigan’s CTSA Community Engagement) and the Community Advisory Board Design Team. During the past 10 years, he has served as a co-principal investigator, co-investigator, community research associate, and consultant on numerous funded projects.

Read about past IIMS Community Engagement Symposia here.