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2019 Graduates & Their Projects

The second cohort of the Community-Based Participatory Research Training Program included 10 graduates. Through the 2019 program, offered through the Community Engagement Function at URMC's Clinical & Translational Science Institute, participants formed three research teams that each co-developed and submitted successful proposals for the CBPR Pipeline-to-Pilot Award of $15,000 to begin their research. 

Learn more about their research teams and projects:

research group with awards

Collaborating with Caregivers: Factors that Influence the Decision to Begin Mental Health Treatment for Children in Urban Communities

Team Members (left to right): Aparajita “Tuma” Kuriyan, Ph.D., psychology post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center; Alicia Evans, independent community consultant with LeGray Dynamic; and Carlos Santana, community organizer for Action for a Better Community, Inc.

Identified Goal: To identify barriers that caregivers face when seeking mental health care for children and co-create a community-informed action plan to address these barriers.

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research group with awards The Prevalence of Loneliness in Minority Communities with Chronic Medical Conditions

Team Members (left to right): Allen Anandarajah, M.D., Division of Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology/Research at the University of Rochester Medical Center; Nancy Shelton, senior consultant, Cultural Competence and Health Equity, Coordinated Care Services, Inc.; and Angela Wollschlager, community outreach project lead and patient engagement specialist, Medical Solutions, Inc.

Identified Goals: 1) To identify the prevalence of loneliness and social isolation among African American and Latino patients with chronic medical conditions and 2) to develop a culturally and linguistically appropriate definition of loneliness for members of the African American and Latino communities.  

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Research group with awardsFaith-based Interventions to Support Health-Promoting Behaviors and Reduce Overweight and Obesity Rates in African American Families

Team Members (left to right): Ruth Brooks Ward, Aenon Baptist Church, and Kaydean Harris, RN, School of Nursing

Identified Goal: To develop and implement a sustainable faith-based pilot project adapted from the evidence-based Diabetes Prevention Program.

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Complete graduating class

Congratulations to everyone who completed the course. 

Other graduates included: Ms. Jean Clark and Caroline Silva, Ph.D. (front row, second and third from left)