Community Engaged Research Symposium 2020

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.

Tuesday, December 1

Morning Welcome and Overview

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

 

Panel Presentation: Community Expertise on Negotiating Collaborations and Ensuring Equity

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

 

Training Update from 2019 CEnR Microaggressions Workshop

 

  • Rhonda Dailey, M.D. (Speaker) Assistant Professor, Department of Family of Medicine and Public Health Sciences, Office of Community Engaged Research
  • Vicki T. Sapp, Ph.D. (Speaker) Director of Student Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion; Assistant Professor, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, Pennsylvania

Panel Presentation: Community Perspectives across the Lifespan

This session will focus on models of community engagement to address health issues among young children, adolescents, and elders.

  • Megan Mulvaney, M.A., M.P.H. (Moderator) LGBT Cancer Action Council, Karmanos Cancer Institute
  • Elizabeth Towner, Ph.D. (Panelist) Assistant Professor of Family Medicine & Public Health Sciences, Wayne State University School of Medicine
  • Jessica Jackson, C.N.M. (Panelist) Community Advisory Board Member, FPP- CAB
  • Angulique Y. Outlaw, Ph.D. (Panelist) Associate Professor-Research; Director of Prevention Programming (W'SUP), Wayne State University School of Medicine
  • Ki-Jana Malone, B.S. (Panelist) Research Assistant, W'SUP – Wayne State University
  • Vanessa Rorai, M.S.W. (Panelist) Community Outreach Specialist, Healthier Black Elders Center Wayne State University
  • Wilma Stringer (Panelist) Community Advisory Board Member, Healthier Black Elders Center Wayne State University

Medical Students Presentations: Engaging with the Detroit Community

  • Jennifer Mendez, Ph.D. (Moderator) Associate Professor, Internal Medicine – Director Community Engagement, Wayne State University – School of Medicine
  • Nakia Allen, M.D. (Facilitator) Senior Staff Physician, Henry Ford Health System
  • Latonya Riddle-Jones, M.D. (Facilitator) Medical Director, Corktown Health Center
  • Daniel VanZweden (Speaker) Medical Student, Class of 2023, Wayne State University School of Medicine
  • Lauren Robb (Speaker) Medical Student, Class of 2023, Wayne State University School of Medicine
  • Capricia Bell (Speaker) Medical Student, Wayne State University School of Medicine
  • Lauren Varvatos (Speaker) Medical Student, Wayne State University School of Medicine
  • Aneesh Hehr (Speaker) Medical Student, Class of 2023, Wayne State University School of Medicine
  • Zechariah Jean (Speaker) Medical Student, Class of 2023, Wayne State University School of Medicine
  • Iman William (Speaker) Medical Student, Wayne State University School of Medicine
  • Alex Lee (Speaker) Medical Student, Class of 2023, Wayne State University School of Medicine
  • Hangil Lee (Speaker) Medical Student, Class of 2023, Wayne State University School of Medicine
  • Erin Leestma (Speaker)
  • Ashton Lewandowski (Speaker) Medical Student, Class of 2023, Wayne State University School of Medicine
  • Philip Ma (Speaker) Medical Student, Class of 2023, Wayne State University School of Medicine
  • Macy Lockhart (Speaker) Medical Student, Class of 2023, Wayne State University School of Medicine
  • John Sherwood (Speaker) Medical Student, Wayne State University School of Medicine

 

Updates on Local and Statewide COVID-19 Research and Partnership

 

  • Michael Simon, M.D. (Moderator) Medical Oncologist, Professor of Oncology, Karmanos Cancer Institute
  • Stephanie Harbin (Speaker) Community Advisory Board Member, Community COVID Crushers Action Council
  • Elizabeth Towner, Ph.D. (Speaker) Assistant Professor of Family Medicine & Public Health Sciences , Wayne State University School of Medicine
  • Brittany Dowe, M.P.H. (Speaker) Research Assistant in the Office of Cancer Health Equity and Community Engagement, Karmanos Cancer Institute
  • Voncile Brown-Miller (Speaker) Community Outreach Manage, Karmanos Cancer Institute/ Wayne State University
  • Craig Cook (Speaker) Karmanos Cancer Institute
  • Anitta Orr, M.S. (Speaker) Cancer Action Council Member, Karmanos Cancer Institute Conner Creek Action Council
  • Cornelius Wilson (Speaker) Karmanos Cancer Institute's Black Men's Cancer Action Council Member, SAGE Metro Detroit
  • Tam Perry (Speaker) Associate Professor, Wayne State University
  • Jan Bishop (Speaker) Community Member, Wayne State University – HCAB
  • Karen Young (Speaker) HCAB, Wayne State University
  • Yolanda Harrison (Speaker) family healthcare advocate, Detroit Parent Network
  • Lance Gable J.D., M.P.H. (Speaker) Associate Professor, Wayne State University
  • William Shuster, Ph.D. (Speaker) Professor, Chair, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Wayne State University
  • Jeffrey Ram, Ph.D. (Speaker) Professor, Department of Physiology, Wayne State University School of Medicine
  • Seth Norrholm, Ph.D. (Speaker) Associate Professor, Wayne State School of Medicine
  • Ty Partridge, Ph.D. (Speaker) Professor, Department of Psychology, Wayne State University
  • Chris Trentacosta, Ph.D. (Speaker) Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Wayne State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

 

Evening Keynote Panel: Lessons Learned and a Look Ahead: Perspectives from Members of the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities

  • Al Richmond, M.S.W. (Moderator) Executive Director, Community-Campus Partnerships for Health
  • Jametta Lilly (Panelist) CEO, Detroit Parent Network
  • Mona Makki, M. Psych. (Panelist) Director CHRC, ACCESS

Wrap Up and Evaluation

  • Ijeoma Opara, M.D. (Emcee) Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and Co-Director, Wayne State University Global Health Alliance, School of Medicine
  • Carrie Leach, Ph.D. (Co-Chair) Research Associate, CURES & Institute of Gerontology, 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
  • Hayley Thompson, Ph.D. (Co-Chair) Professor, Karmanos Cancer Institute – Wayne State University
 

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