December 1st and 2nd marked the third annual Community Engaged Research Symposium: Advancing Health Equity. This year's focus was "The Impact of COVID-19 Now and in the Future," and featured close to 60 speakers and was attended virtually by more than 200 individuals from Michigan and across the nation. Presentations highlighted academic researchers, both nationally and locally, Wayne State University medical students, community organizations and community members. Speakers offered their insight and perspectives of working collaboratively with academic researchers and the community – discussing issues of trust, expectations, value, capacity, and compensation.
This year's evening keynote session featured our very own RAC partners, ACCESS and Detroit Parent Network, in a dialogue to discuss their experiences of working on Gov. Whitmer's Michigan Coronavirus Task Force Racial Disparities Task Force. Public Health Coordinators from ACCESS, Nadia Syed and Asraa Alhawli, gave a talk on, "Negotiating Research Collaborations and Ensuring Equity." Madiha Tariq, Deputy Director, also from ACCESS, moderated the morning keynote panel, "The National Cancer Institute COVID-19 Survey Consortium: Working with Communities to Understand the Impact of COVID-19," featuring Dr. Hayley Thompson and her data findings on the KCI COVID-19, Cancer and Community Survey. LGBT Cancer Action Council (CAC) member, Megan Mulvaney, also served a moderator, walking the audience through a panel presentation on, "Community Perspectives across the Lifespan."
Finally, as part of the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute's grant requirement, CAC members – Anitta Orr, Cornelius Wilson and Craig Cook – along with OCHECE's Voncile Brown-Miller and Brittany Dowe, shared findings of the Supporting Detroit Communities Project Team as Leaders and Partners in COVID-19 Research in a presentation entitled, "Our Communities' Questions about Cancer and COVID-19."
In the closing session, Dr. Hayley Thompson and her co-Chairs, Dr. Carrie Leach and Dr. Rhonda Dailey of Wayne State University announced the launch of the Health Equity Network, which provides a platform to continue these conversations into the future and throughout the year.
Welcoming remarks from Wayne State University and Karmanos Cancer Institute leadership. Dell Stubblefield will share a brief history of Detroit.
Voncile Brown-Miller (Emcee) Community Outreach Manage, Karmanos Cancer Institute/ Wayne State University
Rhonda Dailey, M.D. (Co-Chair) Assistant Professor, Department of Family of Medicine and Public Health Sciences, Office of Community Engaged Research
Carrie Leach, Ph.D. (Co-Chair) Research Associate, CURES & Institute of Gerontology, Wayne State University
Hayley Thompson, Ph.D. (Co-Chair) Professor, Karmanos Cancer Institute – Wayne State University
Stephen Lanier, Ph.D. (Host) Vice President for Research, Wayne State University
Anne Schwartz, Ph.D. (Host) Deputy Director and Executive Vice President for Research and Academic Affairs, Karmanos Cancer Institute
Dell Stubblefield (Speaker) Community Engagement Specialist and CURE Community Advisory Board Member, Hope Village Revitalization
Morning Keynote Panel: The National Cancer Institute COVID-19 Survey Consortium: Working with Communities to Understand the Impact of COVID-19
** Because data presented at the time was preliminary, we are not permitted to share it with the public. Therefore, presentations are not available.
This session will provide an overview of the work of the National Cancer Institute's COVID-19 Survey Consortium and its work. Representatives from several comprehensive cancer centers around the country will discuss their process for collecting data on the impact of COVID-19 on healthcare, discuss how community engagement informs this work, and how the data will affect community engagement.
Madiha Tariq, M.P.H. (Moderator) Deputy Director, ACCESS Community Health & Research Center
Isabel Scarinci, Ph.D. (Panelist) Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Elektra Paskett, Ph.D. (Panelist) Marion N. Rowley Professor of Cancer Research and Director; Professor Division of Epidemiology, College of Public Health;
Associate Director for Population Sciences and Community Outreach, Comprehensive Cancer Center, Ohio State University, Ohio
Evelinn Borrayo, Ph.D. (Panelist) Professor, Colorado School of Public Health; Associate Center Director, Community Outreach & Engagement; Associate
Director, Latino Research and Policy Center, University of Colorado, Denver
Hayley Thompson, Ph.D. (Panelist) Professor, Karmanos Cancer Institute – Wayne State University
In this session, participants will hear from community leaders and learn how to build community-academic research partnerships and negotiate budgets, intellectual property, and different organizational work styles.
We will focus on resources for community-based organizations in negotiating research partnerships; guidelines for researchers in approaching community-based organizations and consider key questions, such as: What are the benefits of research partnerships to community stakeholders? What are the experiences of community members who have already taken part of research? How do you approach and build relationships with community-based organizations?
Carrie Leach, Ph.D. (Moderator) Research Associate, CURES & Institute of Gerontology, Wayne State University
Asraa Alhawli (Panelist) Public Health Coordinator, ACCESS
Nadia Syed, M.P.H. (Panelist) Public Health Coordinator, ACCESS
Sandra Turner-Handy, M.S. (Panelist) Engagement Director, Michigan Environmental Council
Rev. Dr. Sarah Bailey (Panelist) Co-Founder and CEO, Bridges into the Future
Dell Stubblefield (Panelist) Community Engagement Specialist and CURE Community Advisory Board Member, Hope Village Revitalization