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2020 IIMS Community Engagement Symposium



See event flyer here.

Theme: Strategies for Community Resiliency and Recovery for 2021 and Beyond

Plenary Speaking Team

  • Nina Wallerstein, PhD, MPH - Professor, College of Population Health and Director, Center of Participatory Research at the University of New Mexico
  • Harriet Yepa-Waquie, MSW - Community Partner from Jemez Pueblo to Center of Participatory Research at the University of New Mexico
  • Alfredo Ortiz Aragón, PhD - Associate Professor, Dreeben School of Education at University of the Incarnate Word

Scientific translation describes the process of taking research discoveries from basic laboratory science, clinical practice, and community into interventions for public health benefit. Community engagement is an important ingredient for the translation of research findings. This symposium will address how community-campus partnerships develop and engage for the successful conduct of research that leads to the translation of research discoveries for improved health and well-being.

Our goals are 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 community members and researchers interested in community-campus partnerships.

Abstract Submissions
We are seeking poster and oral presentation abstracts from individuals who are or would like to be part of a community-campus research partnership. 

Submit abstracts at: 
Abstracts due: Oct. 5, 2020

Community Engagement Hero Awards
The IIMS is seeking applications to recognize outstanding individuals who have worked as part of a community-campus partnership for the improved health and well-being of South Texas communities.  Award categories include Outstanding Student Award, Outstanding Community Partner Award, Outstanding Research Partner Award, and Outstanding Community Health Improvement Project. One awardee will be selected per category.  Awards will be presented during the 2020 IIMS Community Engagement Symposium.

Submit nominations at:
Nominations due: Oct. 5, 2020

Read about past IIMS Community Engagement Symposia here.