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Know Your Level: Foundations of Community Engagement

Join us for our upcoming Know Your Level of Community Engagement: Foundations of Community Engagement. Know Your Level is a lecture series — presented by the Center for Community Health Partnership & Research at the Institute for Public Health and Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences — designed to introduce researchers and community members to the principles and practice of community-engaged research.

This interactive seminar will discuss the basics of community engagement. Vetta Sanders Thompson will define “community engagement,” especially relating to research. Sanders Thompson will then illustrate the spectrum of community engagement, including defining various levels and types of engagement and outlining the structure of partnerships at each level. The webinar will include a short exercise for attendees to put the information into practice.

Attendees can expect to: 

  • Define community engagement, specifically community engagement in research
  • Understand the difference between various levels of engagement
  • Describe the types of interactions that can be expected between faculty and community at each level
  • Practice new skills through a scenario-based activity

This event is free to attend and open to all faculty, students, researchers, community members, and organizations interested in community-academic research.

This event will take place on Zoom webinar. Please register to receive your unique link to attend. This session will be recorded and available for later viewing on our Vimeo channel.

About the speaker

Vetta Sanders Thompson, PhD
Co-Director, Center for Community Health Partnership and Research
E. Desmond Lee Professor of Racial and Ethnic Diversity and Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Brown School
Washington University in St. Louis

Vetta Sanders Thompson’s research focuses on the health and well-being of diverse communities, particularly the African-American community. Her scholarship addresses racial identity and socialization, implications of experiences of discrimination and socio-cultural determinants of disparities. Her goal is to empower members of the community to improve their health and well-being through education and opportunities for action. Her funded research addresses promotion of cancer screening among African Americans and community engagement.


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