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IIMS Community Engagement Symposium

Join us for a day filled with insightful discussions, networking opportunities, and community building. This event will take place on Saturday, December 2, 2023 at the Neighborhood Place located at 3014 Rivas Street, San Antonio, TX 78228. We highly encourage you to participate in person if possible. Get ready to engage with like-minded individuals who are passionate about making a positive impact in our communities.

In-person registration is now closed. However, you can still join us online!

Read our program booklet here. 


Topic: Pathways towards Recovery, Empowerment, and Social Inclusion

Scientific translation describes the process of taking research discoveries from basic lab science, to clinical practice, and into community interventions for public health benefit.

Community engagement is important for the translation of research findings. Not only is it important for identifying priority health topics for the community, but it is vital for increasing the reach, effectiveness, and adoption of findings.

This symposium will address how community-campus partnerships (between a community group and researchers) can build trust and work together to successfully conduct health research that matters to the community.


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, students, healthcare practitioners, and researchers interested in community-campus partnerships for health research

Plenary Speaking Team – Linda Cottler, PhD, MPH, FACE – University of Florida and Irvin PeDro Cohen, PhD – Local Initiatives Support Corporation – Jacksonville, FL 

Read about previous Community Engagement Symposia here.