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Pitch Partners: Community Health Workers

April 9, 2024
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Delmar DivINe

Join us for Pitch Partners: Community Health Workers! At Pitch Partners, we bring local university researchers and community together to tackle challenging issues. This is an open call for project ideas that include and value the role of a trained Community Health Worker (CHW).

Community partners* or university faculty are invited to submit ideas for research projects, program expansions, program evaluations, new interventions, and other projects involving community health workers across the greater St. Louis region.

This Pitch Partners event is focused broadly around projects that engage frontline community health workers. Examples of topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Community-based screening and care delivery programs
  • The CHW’s role in addressing social determinants of health
  • Skill-building and professional development for CHWs -Creating or expanding CHW roles within agencies
  • Evaluating programs and interventions that integrate CHWs

*“Community partners” include health and social service providers, faith organizations, neighborhood groups, non-profit organizations, public health agencies, and others who live and work within St. Louis’ many communities. Community partners may work with specific groups or geographic areas, or broadly serve the entire region.

How it works

Up to five selected individuals and/or teams will present five minute pitch-style presentations. Teams can use a variety of visual media, including but not limited to slides, photos, videos, and handouts.  Following each presentation, presenters will hear feedback from a review panel and participate in Q&A with the small audience. The event will end with pitch-specific breakout rooms for networking, sharing insights and additional input. Often, this is where partnerships start to develop.

Individuals selected to pitch will be eligible for up to $10,000 in partnership development support following the event. Presenting at the in-person Pitch Partners event does not guarantee a partnership or funding. 

Attendance

This event is free to attend and open to all. Dinner and refreshments will be provided. Due to limited space, registration is strongly encouraged.

How to submit a proposal

Please submit your proposal by Monday, March 18, 2024.  Five project ideas will be selected, and teams will be notified by Friday, March 22, 2024.

In your proposal, you will provide the following information: 

  • A brief description of your group/organization or research
  • Description of the population you serve or population of research focus
  • The health or wellness need or a problem statement
  • Brief background information or data that supports the statement  “What is a potential solution to this problem?”
  • A description of your proposed intervention, current intervention, and/or what information you are looking to gather through research or evaluation.
  • Describe your ideal partner. If you are a community member, please describe what kind of university research partner you would like to work with. If you are a researcher, please include what types of community partner(s) you would like to work with. This can include interest areas or specialties, goals of the project (publication, new intervention, data gathering for later work, etc.), personality traits, etc.
  • Describe what feedback would be most helpful to you from the review panelists, audience, or potential partners.
  • Your plans to sustain new or ongoing community-engaged research partnership(s), including possible funding streams, partnership strengthening activities, etc. If you are unsure, that is ok!
Directions & parking

Pitch Partners will take place in person in the Berges Conference room at Delmar DivINe.

Delmar DivINe is located at 5501 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112. Get directions.

Parking is available in the Belt Parking lot located off of Belt Avenue, and directly across the street from the main entrance of Delmar DivINe. View the parking map.

Accessibility

If you have any accessibility needs, please contact Emily Hickner at ehickner@wustl.edu. 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.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Community Health Partnership and Research (CCHPR) at the Institute for Public Health and the Institute of Clinical & Translational Sciences, with support from the Center for Race, Ethnicity & Equity (CRE2).