Community Engagement in Epidemiological Research

Community participation in epidemiological research can enhance research in many ways.  Benefits include improved participant recruitment and retention; community input to identify the most relevant health issues; improved trust between researchers and the community; and more effective dissemination of research findings.  This session will provide an overview of different strategies by which communities can be engaged in research by highlighting approaches and outcomes from several ongoing programs that involve community engagement.  Speakers will also discuss NIH funding opportunity programs in this area.      

Session Chair: Bernard Harlow

Introduction to session and overview of NIH CTSA Populations and Community Engagement
Bernard Harlow, University of Minnesota

NIH funding opportunities for community-engaged research
Caroline Dilworth, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Community-engaged research to study health effects in communities with oil and gas development
John Adgate, University of Colorado

Community Partners:
Carl Erickson, Weld Air and Water
Wendy Highby, Weld Air and Water

The Early Stage Investigator session will be held on Thursday, June 18th from 12:00-1:00pm.