“A participatory approach in planning, implementing, and interpreting an external review of community engagement at the University of Michigan CTSA”
In response to transitions at the local and national level, the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR), the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) funded at the University of Michigan (U-M), recently planned and implemented an External Review of its Community Engagement (CE) program. The review was initiated by the director of MICHR and was supported by MICHR’s Community Engagement Coordinating Council. The goals of the review were to: 1) make recommendations that can be used to improve our performance and positively impact the health of local communities, 2) explore strategies to optimize bi-directional communication and dissemination with all partners and collaborators for community-engaged research, and 3) review existing cross-institutional infrastructure to identify challenges and opportunities for community engagement to become embedded across MICHR, U-M, and other external institutional partners. The larger objective of this review was to be responsive to what “community engagement” within the space of clinical and translational research at U-M can look like while developing a model for external review. U-M staff, faculty, and community partners came together to propose strategies for the external reviewers to utilize in their assessment of MICHR’s CE program. The results of the review will be used to guide strategic planning efforts and improve MICHR’s CE leadership and staff structure, program components, future review strategies, and future work outcomes. This session will describe MICHR’s participatory planning approach, lessons learned from implementation, recommendations provided by the reviewers, and subsequent organizational actions taken to strengthen CE practices at MICHR and U-M.
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Describe MICHR’s participatory planning approach, lessons learned from implementation, recommendations provided by the reviewers, and subsequent organizational actions taken to strengthen CE practices at MICHR and UM.
Keyword(s): Community-Based Partnership & Collaboration, Organizational Change
Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: As Chair of the Community-Based Public Health Caucus (CBPHC) and Community Engagement Coordinator at the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR), I have been engaged in community-academic partnerships in research for over 10 years. As an coordinator, I support partnerships in all phases and develop and sustain programs and services for these partnerships.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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