First community engagement summit a success
The Transforming Partnerships: Community Engagement for Health Summit on Sept. 21 drew more than 80 community and UMN stakeholders for a day of discussion at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Participants learned about new directions for engaging in meaningful research partnerships. Hosted by the Office of Community Engagement for Health (OCEH), this event officially kicked off CTSI's community engagement agenda, which included a morning panel discussion with Dr. Bruce Blazar, Andrew Nelson, and Dr. Andrew Furco. Keynote speaker Dr. Susan LeBailly, director of the Practice Based Research Program at the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences (NUCATS) Institute, highlighted best practices in community engagement. Later in the day, chairs of each OCEH community council, Dr. Rahul Koranne, Dr. Jennifer Lundblad, Mr. Mitchell Davis, Jr., and Mr. Jim Krile, gave their perspectives on how the CTSA can provide opportunities for the community. Moderated small group discussion focused on community engagement goals and growth opportunities. "There were truly honest conversations and feedback," said Dr. Sheila Riggs, director of the OCEH, reflecting on the afternoon table discussions and audience polls.