Wright Center to host community engaged research seminars

Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research introduces a new three-part seminar series to train early career faculty and researchers in community engaged research.

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Maghboeba Mosavel, Ph.D., (left) and Amanda Hall, Ph.D., will facilitate the first, introductory seminar on Dec. 10.

Community-engaged research (CEnR) is a cornerstone of the Wright Center’s mission, as it works to engage stakeholder communities at every phase of the translational research process. The series will familiarize participants with CEnR concepts and the pitfalls that may befall a project along the translation continuum.

The series hopes to increase the number of VCU junior faculty and researchers who comprehend CEnR and apply CEnR principles to their research. Attendees will be able to:

  • explain and recognize the what and why of CEnR
  • outline how to develop and sustain CEnR relationships via trust building and setting mutual goals and priorities
  • consider and analyze ethical and practical implications of CEnR

The first cycle of the series will occur on second Thursdays this December, January and February. Attendance at all three seminars is highly recommended.

Introduction to Community-Engaged Research

An introduction to the conditions and contexts for CEnR while exploring the fundamental principles and approaches of CEnR and the skills needed to work with community members.

December 10, 2020

Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Facilitators: Amanda Hall, Ph.D., VCU director of community engaged research and special projects, and Maghboeba Mosavel, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Policy

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Developing and sustaining CEnR Relationships

Students are introduced to the importance of collaborations and building community relationships. Participants will discuss strategies on how to enhance current and/or develop new partnerships while setting mutual expectations and priorities with the community. Students will also learn ways to sustain long-term community engagement through information sharing and dissemination of research.

January 14, 2021

Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Facilitators: Vanessa Sheppard, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Policy, and Emily Zimmerman, Ph.D., MPH, associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Population Health

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Ethical and Practical Considerations in CEnR

Students will be introduced to multiple ethical and practical considerations for conducting CEnR. In addition, students will be provided with strategies for training and educating community members in research.

February 11, 2021

Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Facilitators: Alex Krist, M.D., MPH, Wright Center director of community engaged research, and Lisa Ballance, M.A., VCU director of clinical research and compliance

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For more information about the series, contact Rob DiRenzo or Rachel Hunley.


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