In the following segment, Dr. Sacoby Wilson, Associate Professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Health, delivered some powerful remarks that highlighted the interplay between community engaged research and environmental justice. Dr. Wilson emphasized the importance of putting community members at the forefront of community-based research projects, enabling them to dictate the research question, design, and implementation with the community's goals in mind.
In the afternoon, the workshop was broken up into three skill-building sessions, each of which focused on a different key element of community engagement research. Our mHealth Fellow attended the session entitled "Power Sharing and Collaboration in Community Engaged Research." Led by a trio of excellent facilitators, this session discussed challenges and practical solutions for distributing power evenly among research teams and community partners in collaborative projects. The session included three case studies, in which audience members teamed up and role played the various scenarios. This skill-building workshop was informative and practical, giving both researchers and community members concrete strategies to implement in future partnerships.
A few photos taken during the event