Johns Hopkins ICTR Community Partners and Staff Participate in the Advancing the Science of Community-Engaged Research Conference

On September 14th and 15th, nine community partners, faculty, staff, and students from the Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research’s Research Participant Community Partnership Core participated in the Advancing the Science of Community-Engaged Research Conference in Washington, DC. The conference convened researchers and community stakeholders from across the country to share and discuss innovative methods and promising practices. The agenda featured presentations from leaders at the National Institutes for Health, Association of American Medical Colleges the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and many colleagues from the NIH Clinical & Translational Science Award (CTSA) Program and institutions.

The Hopkins community partners, faculty, and staff presented posters that showcase the great efforts to engage the Greater Baltimore community through research and community outreach:

  • Community Day at the Institutional Review Board: Increasing Public Awareness of the Research Protections Process Community partners learn about how research proposals are reviewed and approved at the institution.
  • Partnering with Teachers to Enhance the Henrietta Lacks High School Symposium Maximizing Interest in Bioethics and Science through the Henrietta Lacks Story- High School students come together to learn and discuss research, bioethics and Henrietta Lacks contribution to medicine.
  • Progress in Stakeholder Engaged Research Forum Community partners and researchers come together to discuss the current practice and challenges in stakeholder engaged research.

“This year’s meeting offered a valuable opportunity for our ICTR team to disseminate findings related to three of our projects focused on enhancing community engaged research (CEnR) at Johns Hopkins. This exchange across CTSAs is critical to efforts to advance the science of CEnR.”  Commented by Dr. Dennison-Himmelfarb, Hopkins program director for Research Participant and Community Partnerships

Ms. Bates-Hopkins, a research advisory council member, added enthusiastically: “Attending the CEnR this year with a number of our community partners and colleagues showcased our current level of engagement, here at Hopkins.  It also enriched our opportunity to learn together as well as from the other CTSA members through the learning lab sessions provided this year.”

“The conference presented a unique and wonderful opportunity to brainstorm ways to include and expand the community’s role in research.  The insights and passion from those who participated not only enhanced this dialog, but also contributed to the development of ideas that could integrate the spirit and power of the community into the research endeavor.” Dr. Luthardt, who worked with community members on day at the internal review board exclaimed.

To learn more about community engaged research training at Johns Hopkins, click here.