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Pitch Partners: Centering Racial Equity

October 11, 2023
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center

Join us for Pitch Partners: Centering Racial Equity! This is an open call for projects project ideas that focus on racial and ethnic health equity issues across St. Louis. 

At Pitch Partners, we bring local university researchers and the community together to tackle challenging issues. Up to five selected individuals and/or teams will present five minute pitch-style presentations to a panel of reviewers. Presenters may include a variety of visual media, including but not limited to slides, videos, and handouts. Following each pitch, presenters will hear feedback from the panel and participate in Q&A with the audience. The event will end with pitch-specific breakout rooms for networking, sharing insights and additional input, and beginning to develop partnerships.

This Pitch Partners is focused broadly around racial equity. Examples of topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Access to appropriate and timely health services
  • African American and Black health
  • Asian-American health
  • Clinical health care
  • Disrupting systemic racism
  • Education
  • Environmental justice
  • Employment
  • Latinx health
  • Mental and behavioral health
  • Support for foreign-born individuals, immigrants and refugees
  • Social Determinants of Health

Pitch Partners will take place in person in the Learning Lab room at the Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor & Education Center in Forest Park.

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

Directions & parking

Pitch Partners will take place in person in the Learning Lab room at the Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor & Education Center in Forest Park.

5595 Grand Dr, St. Louis, MO 63112

Guests may park in the Twin Lots, located directly to the south of the Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center.

Apply to pitch an idea

Community organizations or university faculty are invited to submit ideas for research projects, program expansions, program evaluations, new interventions, and other projects related to improving racial equity in the greater St. Louis region.

“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.

Pitch teams must be available to present in person at the event. Following the Pitch Partners event, selected participants will be invited to apply for a rapid seed funding opportunity. Participation does not guarantee a partnership or funding.

Submit your proposal by Sunday, September 24 using the form linked below. Five ideas will be selected, and teams will be notified by Wednesday, September 27.

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
  • A 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
  • A description of  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.
  • A description of 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!

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.

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