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Measures of Community Engagement

Join the Center for Community Health Partnership & Research for the next installment of the Know Your Level of Community Engagement lecture series: Measures of Community Engagement. This session discusses measurement of community engagement during research and intervention. Melody Goodman, Vetta Sanders Thompson, and Nicole Ackermann will introduce community engagement measures and discuss why community-academic research teams should use these tools to assess partnerships. Presenters will also describe the development and function of the Goodman, Thompson, Ackermann, & Bowen Research Engagement Survey Tool (REST) Measure.

The material presented in this session accompanies a forthcoming Measures of Community Engagement section of our Community-Engaged Research library guide.

Upon completion attendees will…

  • Define community-engaged research and understand its importance
  • Identify various tools to assess community engagement in their work
  • Understand and be able to use the REST Measure
  • Apply knowledge gained from these measures to develop stronger community-academic partnerships

This event is free to attend and open to all faculty, students, researchers, community members, and organizations interested in community-academic research. Please register if you would like to attend this virtual event in real time or receive a link to the recording after the event.

About the Speakers

Melody Goodman, MS, PhD
New York University

Melody received her B.S. summa cum laude in applied mathematics-statistics and economics (double major) from Stony Brook University. She received her M.S. in biostatistics from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and her Ph.D. from the Department of Biostatistics at Harvard University with minors in theoretical statistics and the social determinants of health disparities. She is the Associate Dean for Research and Associate Professor of Biostatistics, in the School of Global Public Health at New York University. The National Institutes of Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and Susan G. Komen for the Cure have funded her work. She has over 100peer-reviewed journal articles and two books (2018Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group); 1) Public Health Research Methods for Partnerships and Practice and 2) Biostatistics for Clinical and Public Health Research. Dr. Goodman is a biostatistician and research methodologist with a large statistical toolbox. Her research interest is on identifying origins of health disparities and developing, as necessary, evidence-based primary prevention strategies to reduce these health disparities. She is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association (2021) and the inaugural recipient of the societal impact award from the Caucus of Women in Statistics (2021).

Vetta Sanders Thompson, PhD
Washington University in St. Louis

Dr. Sanders Thompson is a leading researcher in the areas of racial identity, psychosocial implications of race and ethnicity in health communications, access to health services, and determinates of health and mental health disparities. She focuses on the importance of service to underserved populations through research, practice and community collaborations. Issues of race, racial identity and historical issues of segregation and discrimination are central to Dr. Sanders Thompson’s research agenda, and are potentially important variables in the study of disparities in health and mental health. Her background and expertise allow her to contribute to recruitment and data collection, as well as engagement in and consideration of cultural factors, in ethnic minority communities. Dr. Sanders Thompson is the E. Desmond Lee Professor of Racial and Ethnic Diversity, Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion & Equity at The Brown School, and Co-Director of the Center for Community Health Partnership and Research at the Institute for Public Health, Washington University in St. Louis.

Nicole Ackermann, MPH
Washington University School of Medicine

Nicole Ackermann is currently a Staff Scientist in the Division of Public Health Sciences at Washington University School of Medicine. She obtained her Master’s degree in Public Health, with a focus in Epidemiology, from Saint Louis University. In her role with the division, Nicole has served in various roles on several community-engaged research projects, including as an analyst and project manager on the PCORI funded project, Developing and Validating Quantitative Measures to Assess Community Engagement in Research: Addressing the Measurement Challenge, with Drs. Goodman and Sanders Thompson.