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Fall Research Conference

Title: "Growing the Next Generation of Community-Based Researchers"
Date: October 28, 2014 from 12:00pm-5:00pm
Location: Schlegel Hall, River Campus

The theme of this year's research conference is "Growing the Next Generation of Community-Based Researchers".  The keynote speakers are Barbara Israel, PhD, professor at University of Michigan School of Public Health and Principal Investigator of the Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center and Zachary Rowe, Executive Director of Friends at Parkside.  The conference objectives are:

  • To understand key principles of community-based research taking place here at Rochester and nationally
  • To appreciate the impact of community-based research within the University and community
  • To showcase successful community-based research projects and provide a platform to develop new partnerships


Call for Posters is open, click here for more details. 

Format of Day:

12:00-1:30 Lunch and Keynote
Title: "Community-Based Participatory Research and the Detroit Urban Research Center: Engaging Diverse Partners"

Presenter: Barbara Israel, PhD and Zachary Rowe, BBA.  

Comprehensive and participatory approaches to health research and interventions that equitably engage community partners are needed to have a broader and more sustained effect on health. The purpose of this session is to describe and analyze one such partnership approach – community-based participatory research (CBPR).  This presentation will begin with a discussion of the rationale for, definition, and key principles of CBPR, and will provide examples of how the Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center (Detroit URC) has put CBPR into practice. The Detroit URC, established in 1995, is a CBPR partnership which builds upon the strengths of the diverse communities involved, in order to conduct etiologic research, health promotion and education interventions, and policy advocacy aimed at understanding and addressing health inequities. This presentation will also describe:  the goals, structure and overall accomplishments of the Detroit URC; key components and findings from one of its CBPR affiliated partnerships; and strategies designed to foster and support new collaborative research efforts. An analysis will be presented of the lessons learned and recommendations for conducting CBPR.

1:45-3:00pm Breakout Sessions
There are three concurrent sessions, details of each are below.

Breakout Session 1: "UR Connections: Resources and Funding"
A panel discussion moderated by Cindy Gary, Assistant Dean for Grants in School of Engineering and Debra Haring, Assistant Dean for Grants in Arts and Sciences

A panel session to include University of Rochester faculty and staff that will provide funding opportunities, tools, and expertise to enhance proposal submissions.  Take advantage of existing programs on campus and best practice guidance as you prepare to launch your community-based project.

Breakout Session 2: "System Dynamics Group Model Building as a Method for Implementing Collective Impact"
Presenters: Kristen Hassmiller, PhD, Research Assistant Professor at University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill; Ann Marie White, EdD, Assistant Professor at University of Rochester; and Leah Frerichs, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow at University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill. (Coauthors: Dorothy Cilenti, Steve Orton). 

Universities are increasingly working with other sectors and community leaders in structured ways to achieve a collective impact on large scale social problems. Such collaborations recognize that we must work together to achieve sustainable change to complex social problems driven (and affected by) multiple causes (determinants), community systems or traditions, and professional/academic disciplines. This workshop will introduce, and demonstrate the utility of, system dynamics research methods for establishing, implementing, and studying the impact of such academic-community partnerships. Workshop participants will explore specific systems science practices such as group model building to learn how to apply and integrate such methods to facilitate collective impact in their community

Breakout Session 3: "Patient Centered Outcome Research: Engaging the Community"
Panelists includes: Ray Dorsey, MD, Professor of Neurology, Director of Center for Experimental Therapeutics; Kevin Fiscella, MD, Professor of Family Medicine; Supriya Mohile, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine; and Ellen Poleshuck, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry.

Patient centered outcomes research emphasizes patient and other stakeholder participation in developing evidence based information to guide healthcare decisions. Learn how University of Rochester researchers are engaging patients and other relevant stakeholders in designing and executing research plans that address a range of healthcare issues.  Dr. Dorsey studies Telemedicine and Parkinson Disease, Dr. Fiscella studies HIV Treatment Disparities, Dr. Mohile studies Improving Communication for Chemotherapy; and Dr. Poleshuck studies the use of Care Navigation for Disadvantaged Women with Depression.

3:00-5:00pm  Poster Session

Call for Posters is open, click here for more details.

Join us for this exciting opportunity to showcase your work and network with others engaged in Community-Base Research. We welcome posters featuring work in various stages: work in progress; examples of completed work; or planned projects.  We are especially interested in having community partners involved in this session.


If you have any questions please contact Kurt Zeller at or 276-5668.

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  Please contact Kurt Zeller at or 276-5668 with any questions.