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2019 IIMS Community Engagement Symposium

Saturday, October 12, 2019 ♦ 8:00am to 3:00pm 

Witte Museum ♦  3801 Broadway San Antonio, Texas 78209 


2019 Community Engagement Symposium Program


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.


Community members, healthcare practitioners, researchers and students are welcome.

Plenary Presenters

Kenneth Wells, MD, MPH is the David Weil Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the University of California Los Angles (UCLA) Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, David Geffen School of Medicine, Fielding School of Public Health, RAND Corporation and Greater Los Angeles VA Health System. His research and teaching focus on using Community Partnered Participatory Research to improve equity in services access, quality and outcomes for persons with behavioral health problems. He is Principal Investigator of Community Partners in Care (CPIC), a group-randomized trial of community engagement to improve outcomes for depressed clients in healthcare and community-based programs in under-resourced communities funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Wells co-led an American Red Cross post-Katrina mental health recovery effort in New Orleans. He is PI of the PCORnet Community and Patient Partnered Research Network across Los Angeles and New Orleans to develop partnered research to improve health equity for persons with behavioral health disorders, multiple social risk factors or disaster exposure.

Felica Jones is the Executive Director of Healthy African American Families II (HAAF). She is committed to decreasing health disparities in Los Angeles County by addressing the Social Determinants of Health in South Los Angeles and the surrounding communities. Over the past 20 years, Ms. Jones has worked on numerous research projects in various roles from Community Researcher to Co-Investigator, including projects funded by the NIH and PCORI. These projects have addressed such diverse topics as autism, depression, preterm pregnancy, diabetes, and asthma, just to name a few. In addition, she is a co-author on more than 40 peer-reviewed publications and has provided mentoring and training to junior researchers and community members.

Read about past IIMS Community Engagement Symposia here.