Increasing Health Equity Through Community-Research Collaboration

Schedule at a Glance
Please note, schedule is subject to change.

8:00A - 9:00A
Check-in & Breakfast

9:00A - 9:15A
Carrie L. Saetermoe, Ph.D.
Joshua J. Matacotta, Psy.D., CAHIMS
Welcome & Opening Remarks


9:15A - 10:00A
Morning Keynote: Thomas E. Backer, Ph.D.

The Human Side of Collaboration
Effective nonprofit-researcher collaborations are more likely when there’s attention to the personalities and attitudes of the people representing the collaborating organizations, and to the stories and culture of those organizations.  Also vital is attention to the larger community and to fears/resistances and need for reward/involvement of all who’ll have to live with the change the collaboration will require - especially when the goal is a complex one, like increasing health equity.  This talk will highlight research-based principles for handling the human side of collaboration, and engage the audience in aligning research with their own lived experiences.


10:00A - 10:15A


10:15A - 11:00A
Anthony Ortiz-Luis, M.S.

Community-Researcher Partnership Profile: A Public, Private Partnership to Improve Oral Health in Los Angeles County
In Los Angeles County, historically there is a lack of access to dental care for many adults especially minorities, the underserved, and people with disabilities. For the last ten years throughout the county, various large-scale free dental efforts have taken place to address this issue. However, data gaps still remain to better understand why Los Angeles County residents are turning to this type of dental care instead of preventative care. In this presentation, we will describe a collaborative effort between public agencies and private non-profit organizations to better understand this issue.


11:15A - 12:15P
Panel Discussion

Kacie Blackman, Ph.D.
Thomas Chan, Ph.D.
Claudia M. Toledo-Corral, Ph.D.
Yolanda Vasquez-Salgado, Ph.D.

Moderator: Yolanda Anguiano, MPP

Bridging a Connection Between Community Organizations and Academic Research

This panel discusses the various ways community organizations and academics have created successful collaborations. We will highlight the use of internships, several types of interventions, and the translation of empirical findings as promising mediums to bridge community organizations and academic institutions. We will continue the discussion with the audience about other potential avenues that may aid in building and maintaining strong community-academic connections


12:15P - 1:30P
Lunch and Networking


1:30P - 2:10P
Jared Ashcroft, Ph.D.

Using Undergraduate Research and Community Partnerships to Increase Success of K-12 and Community College Students in STEM

Concern over low American participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers, as well as a looming dearth of STEM- trained educators, has prompted a concerted effort to reform American college preparatory education.  As part of the strategy to increase success and retention of Community College STEM students, Pasadena City College and Oak Crest Institute of Science, a non-profit research institution, have partnered to implement undergraduate research into K-12 and Community College curriculum. These efforts have led to development of active learning pedagogy, as well as research projects geared towards development of nano-based immunoconjugates for drug delivery. From these projects, an increase in student success and retention rate has been observed and over thirty Pasadena City College students have been awarded summer internships at universities, hospitals and government labs. The future plans of this collaboration will be discussed in this talk.


2:15P – 2:55P

Jocelyn Guihama, MPP

Los Angeles IS the classroom: How college students work in, learn from and serve the community”


3:00P - 3:30P
Networking Activity


3:30P - 4:15P
Closing Keynote: Erica Shehane, MPH, LCSW
Community-led Research: What Nonprofits Want Academics and Funders to Know
Community-led research brings many benefits and can be an important strategy for elevating findings that are more relevant for diverse communities and nonprofits who serve them. There are also significant challenges to implementing community-led research in ways that stay true to community values and priorities. Often, nonprofits act as a liaison among academics, funders and community members to ensure research done in their communities aligns with ethical practice, community priorities, and cultural norms. This talk will draw on experience of the SSG’s Research & Evaluation team related to working in collaboration for community research & evaluation to explore ways to strengthen community, academic, and funder relationships.
4:15P - 4:30P
Carrie L. Saetermoe, Ph.D.
Joshua J. Matacotta, Psy.D., CAHIMS
Closing Remarks