Community Engaged Research: Exploring the Reach, Impact and Value

Friday, November 8, 2013
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Albert Sherman Center, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Worcester, Mass.

Thanks for a great symposium! Selected speaker presentations and posters are now available!

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

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 will feature a collection of presentations and posters contributed by presenters at the symposium.

Questions? Contact Phil Merriam or Amy Borg at

Friday, November 8th
8:30 AM

Poster Session

Posters from community agencies and researchers

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

10:15 AM

Overcoming Obstacles Together: Creating a New Future for Research Partnerships

Linda Silka, University of Maine

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Many different scientific fields are testing out partnership approaches for research. The key points of Silka's plenary presentation: (1) Partnerships are challenging! (2) It isn’t yet time to apply a “one size fits all” approach. (3) It IS time to look at what different scientific fields—citizen science, for example—are trying out with partnership approaches. (4) Find ways to learn from different fields and reduce the “silos” in the democratization of science. (5) Develop strategies for innovation and problem solving.

11:30 AM

Workplace as Community: Influence of Working Conditions on Health Behaviors

Laura Punnett, University of Massachusetts Lowell

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Plenary presentation about the influence of working conditions on health behaviors research done by The Center for the Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace (CPH-NEW), a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Center for Excellence. Working conditions link to health outcomes directly, and through health behaviors. The Center evaluates multiple models for integrating health promotion with occupational health interventions, with a strong emphasis on musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and mental health outcomes; the underlying role of work organization; and the importance of worker involvement in program design and implementation.

1:30 PM

The Ethical Value & Challenges of Community Engaged Research

David Buchanan, University of Massachusetts Amherst

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

One of two presentations during a breakout session about the ethical value and challenges of community-engaged research. Buchanan discusses: community collaboration as ethical obligation; power, procedural justice & representation; and respect & exploitation.

The Ethical Value and Challenges of Community-engaged Research

Frank Robinson, Partners for a Healthier Community

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

One of two presentations during a breakout session about the ethical value and challenges of community-engaged research. Robinson discusses: What do we mean by community; Who speaks for the community; What is the base for the research relationship; How do we truly achieve maximum involvement and ownership in the collaboration; What makes community-engaged research ethical?