MCW Community Engagement Core Implementation Initiative

Establishing a centralized resource within MCW to advance community-engaged research

Full Project Name:MCW Community Engagement Core Implementation InitiativePrincipal Investigator:Syed Ahmed, MD, MPH, DrPH, FAAFP, Family and Community MedicineCo-Investigator:Zeno Franco, PhD, Family and Community Medicine; David A. Nelson, PhD, Family and Community MedicineAward Amount:$2,399,420
Award Date
Project Duration:60 months

Project Description Narrative:

Community-engaged research is critical to addressing racial, ethnic, socioeconomic and environmental health disparities. To support MCW in advancing its work in community-engaged research, this project aims to establish a centralized, transformative academic resource to enhance MCW's expertise, knowledge, and practices.

Goals include:

• Strengthened MCW expertise in community-engaged research through educational opportunities and mentoring

• Support of promising ideas in community-engaged research through seed grants

• Increased success in extramural funding for community-engaged research through grant support and assistance

• Increased community capacity for engaged research

Project Updates:

• Established MCW Community Engagement Core to create an accessible, organized selection of experts and training services to address complex, multi-dimensional community health needs and centralize resources and knowledge in community-engaged research

• Launched Community Engaged Scholars Program, a year-long mentor award program working to build capacity for community-engaged research

• Established Mentoring Network cohort comprised of eight mentees and three mentors

• Launched Health Science Square (HSS) events, bringing together MCW and community-based organizations, including a nine-session series of Community Based Participatory Research Roundtables (173 attendees total)

• Helped to facilitate community-academic research partnerships through a Community Engaged Seed Grants program

• Community Engagement Core faculty led 12 publications and 23 presentations

• Hosted third annual Community Engagement week, welcoming 700 individuals to events

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