Events / Collaborative Café: Connecting with Partners and Developing New Relationships

Collaborative Café: Connecting with Partners and Developing New Relationships

June 27, 2023
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Taylor Avenue Building, 600 S Taylor Ave., St Louis, Missouri 63110

During this session of Collaborative Café , attendees will learn how to approach new community or academic partners and begin developing a mutually beneficial, long-term relationship.

The Center for Community Health Partnership & Research will present an overview of what to consider when approaching a potential partner for the first time, important conversations to explore, and best practices to structure your partnership for success. Following this presentation, a panel of community and faculty members will share their stories and tips for developing partnerships. The event will close with time for Q&A.

Attendees will:  

  • Define guiding principles for community-academic partnership
  • Discuss the process for getting started in a new partnership
  • Hear about best practices to set new partnerships up for long-term success
  • Learn from real partnerships’ strategies for engaging with new partners and nurturing sustainable relationships

The Collaborative for Community-Centered Conversations ⁠— “Collaborative Café” ⁠— is hosted by the Center for Community Health Partnership & Research at the Institute for Public Health and Institute of Clinical & Translational Sciences. Collaborative Café offers opportunities for researchers and community partners to network, share experiences, and learn from each other.


This event is open to all faculty, students, researchers, community members, and organizations dedicated to advancing equity through community-engaged research. This event will take place in person in the Doll & Hill Room (#2131) on the second floor of the Taylor Avenue Building on the Washington University Medical Campus.

Registration is strongly encouraged. Light refreshments will be provided.

Directions & Parking

This event will take place in the Doll & Hill Room (#2131) on the second floor of the Taylor Avenue Building. Entry into this building is accessible by WashU keycard only. We will have someone stationed at the front door from 11:00am-noon to let in attendees.

600 S. Taylor
St. Louis, MO 63110

We will validate for parking for non-WUSTL/BJC attendees. Please park in the Clayton Avenue Garage or the Metro Garage. Learn more about parking on the Medical Campus.

The Taylor Avenue Building is just one block east of the Central West End MetroLink station.

Accessibility Needs

If you have any accessibility needs, please contact Emily Hickner at We need to be notified at least five business days prior to the event to guarantee accommodation for interpretation and CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) services.


Jean Hunleth, MPH, PhD

Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Public Health Sciences

Jean Hunleth seeks to understand the treatment of people suffering from infectious and chronic diseases and how families strategize diagnosis, care, and treatment within settings of adversity. She uses a range of qualitative, ethnographic, and community-based participatory research methods at the individual, family, community, and clinic levels. Her work has placed special emphasis on the stories and perspectives of people typically left out of health research, most particularly children.

Pastor Derrick Perkins, Sr., M.Div.

Centennial Christian Church

Derrick Perkins is a native St. Louisan, shaped by a family of origin and ethos of strong African American communities within rural Mississippi.  He’s an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), currently serving as the senior pastor of Centennial Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in St. Louis, MO. His vocation includes developing community initiatives addressing systems of poverty, social justice, youth development, service-learning, educational and cultural enrichment programming opportunities for youth and families, social services and more. 

Brett Maricque, PhD

Assistant Professor of Genetics, McDonnell Genome Institute, Washington University School of Medicine

Prior to joining WashU, Brett Maricque was the coordinating manager of Young Adult Services at NYC Health + Hospital Correctional Health Services, where he coordinated mental and physical health services and delivered project-based education programs to adolescents and young adults that were incarcerated. His work focuses on developing community engagement, research, and education programs designed to connect local communities with genomic technology and medicine. His current projects include ethnographic approaches to build capacity among Black St. Louisans for community-centered genomic medicine.