Center for Healthy Communities Excited about Upcoming Community Engagement Forum

The USA Center for Healthy Communities team is looking forward to a great day of networking and learning at the January 13th community engagement forum, Strengthening the Community Engaged Research & Scholarship “Tool Box”. The day will feature talks by researchers, students, and community members addressing the importance and value of community engaged research.

Keynote speakers, Dr. Farrah Jaquez and Dr. Lisa Vaughn from the University of Cincinnati, will discuss ““The Process and Power of Community‐Engaged Research: Moving from Outreach to Shared Decision‐Making” during the morning session. In the afternoon, they will lead the group in a practical session on developing tools for community-engaged scholarship. The third plenary speaker, Dr. John C. Higginbotham from the University of Alabama, will share strategies for engaging communities gained from working in rural Alabama.  Other speakers include:

  • Dr. Kern Jackson Director of the African American Studies program and an Assistant Professor of English at the University of South Alabama.
  • Ms. Destini Smith, a first-year medical student at USA who began doing community-engaged research as an undergraduate at Mississippi State University
  • Mrs. Leevones Dubose-Fisher, Executive Director and Housing Coordinator for Bay Area Women Coalition, Inc. (BAWC) and is known as a community activist for the Trinity Gardens area in Mobile and Prichard.

The interactive poster session will feature 25 posters covering:

  • Community Engagement Strategies
  • Engagement through Service Learning
  • Engaging Special Populations
  • Toward an Engaged Healthcare System
  • Mental Health
  • Chronic Disease

A review of the Forum will be featured in the upcoming Spring edition of the CHC Advocate Newsletter and the College of Medicine Watercooler.