Outreach & Education

Know Your Level of Community Engagement

Our lecture series, Know Your Level of Community Engagement, introduces research teams and community partners to the foundations of community-engaged research and practice.  Each session addresses specific topics and strategies, such as matching community engagement to research objectives, developing partnerships, and working with the Institutional Review Board.

Learn about past and upcoming Know Your Level of Community Engagement events.

Watch the presentation Know Your Level of Community Engagement: A Recap with Vetta Sanders Thompson, PhD.


Pitch Partners

At Pitch Partners, community members, organizations and faculty have the opportunity to pitch health-related project ideas in order to identify potential partners and receive critical feedback. In addition to facilitating better communication between academia and the community regarding best practices, those in attendance learn about current Washington University community initiatives and research.

Learn about past and upcoming Pitch Partners events.

How does it work? Five proposed ideas are selected for 5-minutes pitch style presentations. The teams use a variety of visual media, including but not limited to slides and videos. The pitches are followed by 5 to 10 minutes of Q&A from a panel with a mix of expertise. The last 30 minutes of the event is dedicated to questions from the audience and networking to share insights on the project ideas.

If you have an idea or are interested in being a co-host, please contact Poli Rijos.


What’s your reach?

What’s your reach? is a campaign dedicated to making research understandable and relatable to everyone.  Through the campaign we:

Explore our resource guide hosted by the Becker Medical Library. Resources include community data, toolkits, funding opportunities and more.

  • provide research education in community settings
  • dispel myths and misconceptions about research
  • increase understanding of the importance of diversity in research
  • discuss opportunities to participate in research—both as community experts and as study participants

Staff engage with community members at locations throughout the St. Louis region including libraries, YMCAs, employment agencies, community centers, churches, health fairs and food pantries.

If you are interested in learning more or collaborating with the What’s your reach? campaign, please contact Kym Radford,  314-362-7034.