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2021 IIMS Community Engagement Symposium



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Theme: Upholding Diversity and Equity for Health Research

Plenary Speaking Team

  • Gilbert Gee, PhD - Professor, Dept. of Community Health Sciences - UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
  • Shawn Malia-Kana'iaupuni, PhD- Director and CEO - Partners in Development Foundation


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 element for the translation of research findings. This symposium will address how community-campus partnerships can engage for the successful conduct of health research while upholding diversity and equity.


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. 4, 2021

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 2021 IIMS Community Engagement Symposium.  Submit nominations at: Nominations due: Oct. 25, 2021 at 8:00am.