Challenging Issues in Community Health: The Role of Research

Friday, November 30, 2012
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Hoagland Pincus Conference Center
Shrewsbury, Mass.

Thanks for a great symposium! Speaker presentations and selected posters are now available!

The Community Engagement and Research Symposium is part of the five-campus clinical and translational science movement across the University of Massachusetts. It is sponsored by the UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science (UMCCTS) Community Engagement and Research Section. This website features a collection of presentations and posters contributed by presenters at the symposium.

Agenda (in PDF format)
Poster Abstracts (complete list in PDF format)

Questions? Contact Phil Merriam or Amy Borg at CommunityEngagement@umassmed.edu.

2012
Friday, November 30th
8:30 AM

Poster Session

Posters from community agencies and researchers

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

10:00 AM

Welcome

Ira S. Ockene, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Katherine Luzuriaga, University of Massachusetts Medical School

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Audio recording (15 min.) of Welcome by Ira S. Ockene, MD and Katherine Luzuriaga, MD.

10:15 AM

Keynote Address: "Research with Communities to Improve Health and Reduce Health Disparities"

Elmer R. Freeman, Center for Community Health Education Research and Service

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

The mission of the Center for Community Health Education Research and Service (CCHERS) is to promote the development of “academic community health centers” that integrate service, education and research to influence and change health professions education, improve health care delivery, and promote health systems change, to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health. Freeman discusses the challenges of Community Partnered Research and lessons learned.

11:15 AM

Panel Discussion: "Making It Happen"

Elmer R. Freeman, Center for Community Health Education Research and Service

11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

Audio recording (70 min.) of panel discussion about Community Partnered Research, moderated by Elmer Freeman, MSW, PhD(c). Panelists:

- Carol Bova, PhD, RN, ANP, UMass Worcester Graduate School of Nursing
- Elena Carbone, DrPH, RD, UMass Amherst
- Laura Hayman, PhD, RN, FAAN, UMass Boston
- Chioma Nnaji, MPH, MEd, Multicultural AIDS Coalition and UMass Medical School
- Milagros C. Rosal, PhD, UMass Medical School

1:30 PM

Breakout Session: "Dissemination: Challenges and Successes in Working with Communities"

Carl E. Fulwiler, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Marie Hobart, University of Massachusetts Medical School,

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Overview of the research dissemination goals and strategy of UMass Medical School's Center for Mental Health Services Research (CMHSR), including: (1) Determine the needs of the community/ agency; (2) Form partnerships with members of the community/agencies; (3) Designate Resources (Fiscal/Personnel); (4) Share research findings with various groups (e.g. consumers, providers, and other stakeholders); (5) Self Evaluate/Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI).

Breakout Session: "Increasing Study Recruitment and Retention: Working with Communities to Use Social Media"

Leland K. Ackerson, University of Massachusetts - Lowell
Cynthia Ferrara, University of Massachusetts - Lowell

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Overview: Social media and research: What are the options? -- Ethical considerations -- Gateway to Community-Based Participatory Research. Conclusion: Social media has the potential to improve the methods and scope of community research. A number of technical and ethical issues remain unresolved.

Breakout Session: "Integrating Community Engaged Research into the Patient-Centered Medical Home"

Toni McGuire, Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center
Carole C. Upshur, University of Massachusetts Medical School

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Presents data from a survey of patients at four health centers in the Worcester, Mass., area on the topic of the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model of patient care.

Implications for research: The PCMH model includes a variety of interventions that have been demonstrated to be successful in some fashion. However, whether they will be effective when implemented together, whether they will be effective for the populations in question, and whether they are cost-effective uses of provider and patient time (as well as healthcare dollars) remains to be answered.

Breakout Session: "Paths to Obtaining Funding for Community Engaged Research"

Laura L. Hayman, University of Massachusetts Boston
Stephenie C. Lemon, University of Massachusetts Medical School

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Discusses the UMass CCTS Community Engagement & Research Section Pilot/Feasibility Grants Program and other potential sources of funding for community engaged research.

Breakout Session: "Paths to Obtaining Funding for Community Engaged Research: One Successful Example"

Stephenie C. Lemon, University of Massachusetts Medical School

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

The purpose of this talk is (1) To describe important elements of a successful preliminary studies section, and (2) To share a recent example of leveraging a small pilot study and in-kind on the fly activities to inform a successful NIH grant application.