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Community Engagement Symposium


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.

Plenary Speakers

Academic Partner: Shawnita Sealy-Jefferson, PhD, MPH – Associate Professor at Ohio State University – College of Public Health

Community Partner: Karen Harry, MA – SECURE Community Advisory Board Member


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.

View recordings here: Day 1 and Day 2

Download your Learning Together! Watch Party packet here.

Read about past IIMS Community Engagement Symposia here.