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Bridge Building Workshop for Improving Community Health

Bridge Building Workshop for Improving Community Health

On October 2nd almost 100 participants representing over 40 disciplines gathered at the UWM School of Continuing Education for a one-day workshop hosted by the CTSI’s Community Engagement Program.

Thomas Concannon, PhD, Health Services Researcher, Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies at Tufts Medical Center presented the keynote address about the national perspective on CEnR and CER collaboration. CTSI Institutional Partners: Syed Ahmed, MD, MPH, DrPH, FAAFP, Medical College of Wisconsin; Rachel Schiffman, PhD, RN, FAAN, Associate Dean for Research, Co-Principal Investigator of CTSI and Professor of Nursing, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Katherine Durben, MSW, Executive Director, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Marquette University; and Julie Panepinto, MD, MSPH, Director of the Center for Clinical Effectiveness Research, Professor of Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin presented information about local priorities and relevant research initiatives taking place at their institutions.

This workshop used speaker presentations and smaller facilitated discussions to establish a preliminary dialogue between Community Engagement in Research (CEnR) and Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) scientists. Opening remarks  were offered by Syed Ahmed, MD, MPH, DrPh, FAAFP, Senior Associate Dean for Community Engagement, Director of the Community Engagement Program of CTSI, Medical College of Wisconsin; Reza Shaker, MD, Senior Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research, Principal Investigator and Director of CTSI, Medical College of Wisconsin; and Patricia Arrendondo, EdD, Interim Dean, School of Continuing Education, Associate Vice Chancellor in the Office of Academic Affairs and Professor of Counseling Psychology in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Workshop attendees were engaged in facilitated discussions that generated a baseline framework for collaboration based on a broad class of needs and assets. After these discussions, the attendees came back together for a larger group discussion. The day ended with reflections from Dr. Concannon.   Closing remarks were given by Syed Ahmed, MD, MPH, DrPH, FAAFP and Theodore Kotchen, MD, Associate Dean, Professor Emeritus & Co-Director of the Office of Expanding Regional Collaboration, a function of the administration of the CTSI.

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