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2020 IIMS Community Engagement Symposium



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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.

  1. Are Dentists the Solution to Nico-Teen Vaping? - Mungia R., et al.
  1. Silver Diamine Fluoride, A Suit of Armor for Children:  A South Texas Oral Health Network Short Survey -Garcia, K., et al.
  1. Preventing Bacterial Pneumonia in a Viral Pandemic - Nguyen, T., et al.
  1. Supporting the Mental Health Needs of Adolescent Fathers during COVID-19: Opportunities for Nursing Practice and Community-Based Partnerships - Recto, P., et al.
  1. Health Literacy Assessment in Refugees Residing in San Antonio, Texas- Shi, Y., et al.
  1. Promoting Community Engagement through Virtual Healthy Cooking Sessions during Ramadan and COVID-19 Pandemic - Stewart, E., et al.
  1. Probiotics for Oral Health - Taverna, M., et al.
  1. Increasing Census Awareness During a Pandemic - Tran, M., et al.
  1. A community-engaged research approach to understanding youth mental health - Yang, P., et al.
  1. Opioid Use Disorder ECHO: A program that provides knowledge and builds capacity for CHWs in South Texas - Zapata Jr. J., et al.
  1. Opioid Use Disorder ECHO: Un programa que proporciona conocimientos y desarrolla la capacidad de las promotoras en el sur de Texas - Zapata Jr. J., et al.
  1. Actinic Keratosis at Student-Run Free Clinic: Need for Patient Education - Zhu, C., et al.


Read about past IIMS Community Engagement Symposia here.