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Community Forum on COVID-19 Research – October 2020

How can we ensure equity with the COVID-19 vaccine here in MA?

Please join us for a community conversation of the National Academy of Medicine Framework for Equitable Allocation of Vaccine on Wednesday, October 28 from 5:00-6:00PM.

The program will include a brief overview of the framework by Dr. Ana Diez Roux who sits on the National Academy Committee, followed by a four-person panel, and closing with a group discussion engaging all in attendance.

This is the first in a two-part webinar series focused on understanding how these guidelines for equitable vaccine distribution should be strengthened and implemented locally once a safe and effective vaccine is available.

Panelists include:

  • Lissette Blondet: Executive Director, Massachusetts Association of Community Health Centers
  • Michael Curry: Deputy CEO & General Counsel, Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers
  • Dr. Sara King: Director, Ummah Health
  • Atyia Martin: Black Boston COVID-19 Coalition

Download the event flyer. 

Registration

To sign up, please register here. A Zoom link will be sent to you.

Questions?

Please email community@catalyst.harvard.edu.

 

 

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Community Forum on COVID-19 Research – August 2020

Want to learn about the latest COVID-19 research happening here at home?

Meet online via Zoom with researchers from the four federally-funded Clinical and Translational Science Awards hubs in Massachusetts (Tufts CTSI, BU-CTSI, Harvard Catalyst, and UMass CCTS) to hear about how they’re working together to protect us from COVID-19.

After the researchers’ presentations, there will be an open discussion about health equity. Community members are especially encouraged to attend.

Please join us for our August 2020 Community Forum: Non-contact (and Socially Distanced) Vital Signs and Medical Measurement

by Brian Anthony, PhD, Director of MIT’s Master of Engineering in Manufacturing Program, Co-Director of the Medical Electronic Device Realization Center, and Deputy Director for the MIT Skoltech Initiative.

and

Catherine Ricciardi, DNP, ANP-BC, Nurse Director, Director of Clinical Operations, and Nurse
Practitioner; MIT Institute for Medical Engineering and Science, Clinical Research Center

Thursday, August 25, noon-1:00PM, online via Zoom.

Download a flyer here (PDF).

Registration

To sign up, please register here. A Zoom link will be sent to you.

Questions?

Please email Project Manager Marguerite Fenwood Hughes, MS, MSW: mfenwood@tuftsmedicalcenter.org.

 

 

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Community Forum: Moving Towards a Racially Just and Equitable Health Research Enterprise

How can we transform research to ensure an equitable, healthy, and safe future for everyone?

Research designed to enhance well-being and improve health outcomes is the cornerstone of the health and welfare of our population, yet it has been impacted by structural racial bias historically embedded within our society.

From the earliest medical studies on enslaved African women, to experimentation on African American men in Tuskegee Alabama, among others, the research enterprise has carried a legacy of racial bias out of which emerged our principles of human subject research. The success and benefits of health-related research over the last century are enormous and impactful, yet systemic inequities persist.

Program

This Community Forum will include three short presentations that explore pathways to more racially just and equitable research practice by examining systemic/structural racism related to:

  • Diverse workforce development
  • Prioritization of research interests and resources
  • Lack of integration of underrepresented populations and the explicit recognition of the role of racial hierarchies.

Presentations will focus on recommendations for next steps, followed by a facilitated discussion guided by the question: How can we transform research, with consideration for past and present experiences of racism and marginalization, towards an equitable, healthy, and safe future for everyone?

Presenters

Sara Folta, PhD, MS, Director of Integrating Underrepresented Populations in Research
Linda Hudson, ScD, MSPH, Associate Director of Integrating Underrepresented Populations in Research
Robert Sege, MD, PhD, Co-Director of Stakeholder and Community Engagement and Lead Navigator
Christine Sinclair, MS, MA, Project Manager, Integrating Underrepresented Populations in Research

Details

Thursday, July 2
4:00-5:00PM
Online via Zoom (a link will be provided to those who register)

Registration

Please register here by Wednesday, July 1.

Questions?

Please email mfenwood@tuftsmedicalcenter.org.

 

 

 

 

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Community Forum on COVID-19 Research – Week 4

Want to learn about the latest COVID-19 research happening here at home?

Meet online with researchers from the four federally-funded Clinical and Translational Science Awards institutions in Massachusetts (Tufts CTSI, BU-CTSI, Harvard Catalyst, and UMass CCTS) to hear about how they’re working together to protect us from COVID-19.

We will offer a Community Forum each week so you can be part of these important conversations.

Please join us for our fourth Community Forum: Building a Research Infrastructure for Equity in COVID-19 Treatment
by Benjamin Linas, MD, MPH of Boston University School of Medicine.

Thursday, May 14, 4:00-5:00PM, online via Zoom

Registration

To sign up, please register here. A Zoom link will be sent to you.

Questions?

Please email Community Engagement Program Director, Tracy Battaglia: Tracy.Battaglia@bmc.org.

 

 

 

 

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Community Forum on COVID-19 Research – Week 3

Want to learn about the latest COVID-19 research happening here at home?

Meet online with researchers from the four federally-funded Clinical and Translational Science Awards institutions in Massachusetts (Tufts CTSI, BU-CTSI, Harvard Catalyst, and UMass CCTS) to hear about how they’re working together to protect us from COVID-19.

We will offer a Community Forum each week for the next month so you can be part of these important conversations.

Please join us for our third Community Forum: Getting to the Post-pandemic era: Herd Immunity, Social Distancing, and Vaccine
by Yonatan Grad, MD, PhD of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Monday, May 4, 4:00-5:00PM, online via Zoom

Registration

To sign up, please register here. A Zoom link will be sent to you.

Questions?

Please email Community Engagement Program Director, Rebekka Lee: rlee@hsph.harvard.edu.

 

 

 

 

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Community Forum on COVID-19 Research – Week 2

Want to learn about the latest COVID-19 research happening here at home?

Meet online with researchers from the four federally-funded Clinical and Translational Science Awards institutions in Massachusetts (Tufts CTSI, BU-CTSI, Harvard Catalyst, and UMass CCTS) to hear about how they’re working together to protect us from COVID-19.

We will offer a Community Forum each week for the next month so you can be part of these important conversations.

Please join us for our second Community Forum: RNA Therapeutics: Informational Drugs as a Pandemic Response Tool
by Anastasia Khvorova, PhD of the UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS).

Thursday, April 30, 4:00-5:00PM, online via Zoom

Registration

To sign up, please register here. A Zoom link will be sent to you.

Questions?

Please email communityengagement@umassmed.edu.

 

 

 

 

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Community Forum on COVID-19 Research – Week 1

Want to learn about the latest COVID-19 research happening here at home?

Meet online with researchers from the four federally-funded Clinical and Translational Science Awards institutions in Massachusetts (Tufts CTSI, BU-CTSI, Harvard Catalyst, and UMass CCTS) to hear about how they’re working together to protect us from COVID-19.

We will offer a Community Forum each week for the next month so you can be part of these important conversations.

Please join us for our first Community Forum: Modeling the COVID Epidemic in Real Time
by Joshua Cohen, PhD of Tufts Medical Center and Tufts University School of Medicine.

Thursday, April 23, 4:00-5:00PM, online via Zoom

Registration

Registration for this event is now full.

Questions?

Please email mfenwood@tuftsmedicalcenter.org.

 

 

 

 

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Civic Science Roundtable: Dialogue on Diabetes Research

Are you living with diabetes? Or treating, researching, or supporting individuals with diabetes?

Join Tufts CTSI for a dialogue about disparities in diabetes research.

Our goal is to highlight the issue of disparities in the representation of minority groups in diabetes research. We will have a Structured Reflective Dialogue to build trust, transparency, and understanding.

Participants will:

  • Feel supported in expressing their values
  • Better understand the points of view of others
  • Gain confidence in making personal and collective choices to shape future discussions.

We want to hear your concerns, hopes, and personal experiences! Share your perspective and new ways to think about diabetes research.

Community leaders, patients, family members, researchers, research teams, clinicians, advocates, and others are welcome to attend.

Details

Civic Science Roundtable: Dialogue on Diabetes Research
Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 6:00-8:00PM
Roxbury Community College, 1234 Columbus Ave., Roxbury Crossing (in the main academic building, on the 5th floor)

Registration

To attend, please complete our registration form.

 

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Building Communities of Resilience: Substance Use Disorder

What does a community of resilience that supports people with substance use disorders (SUDs) look like, and how could we create it? Like other chronic diseases, SUDs can be managed, but not cured. Maintaining recovery can be a huge mental and physical task, and can be isolating.

Join us for this interactive discussion at a Museum of Science Forum about building communities of resilience around SUDs. Share your perspective as groups work together to create a community plan while learning about methods of prevention and recovery as well as considering a diverse range of values and ideas.

Featured speakers to be announced soon! Light refreshments will be provided.

This program was created in partnership with Tufts CTSI.

Details

Wednesday, November 20, 6:30-9:00PM

Museum of Science, Boston
Museum Of Science Driveway
Boston, MA 02114

Registration

Space is limited. Please register to attend this free event.

 

Please email forumrsvp@mos.org if you have any questions or concerns.