Community Partner Training gets a new platform

Community Partner Training is an online training program for community members who are engaged in human subjects research. This training program was adapted for Penn in 2016, from CIRTification, created by Emily Anderson, PhD at the University of Illinois at Chicago Center for Clinical and Translational Science.

The Community Partner Training program was developed by  the Community Engagement and Research (CEAR) Core of the UPenn Clinical and Translational Science Awards (ITMAT) with input by the UPenn Office of Regulatory Affairs, Human Research Protections (the IRB office). The course was designed to train community members with limited research experience on the background and principles of conducting human subjects research.

The Community Partner Training has moved to the platform. The CEAR Core team has partnered with Penn Libraries to bring community research partners a free, accessible, and fully supported training program on Canvas.

Over 230 people have completed the training since its launch. The course is user-friendly and accessible within the Canvas platform.

Click here for more information and to register for the course. Please share widely with your contacts and colleagues.

Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy in West Philadelphia Communities

The West Philadelphia Vaccine Street Team Pilot Program is knocking on doors to encourage our neighbors to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Heather Klusaritz and Carolyn Cannuscio, along with their team, are building trust and creating opportunities for people to have conversations about their vaccine concerns in order to support vaccine decision-making.

Read the full story here

2021 CEAR Core Pilot Grants awarded

The UPenn ITMAT Community Engagement and Research (CEAR) Core has awarded pilot funding to two proposals for the 2021-2022 pilot grant cycle.

The two proposals that are being funded are:

  • “Caregiving youth: an invisible cause of inequity” led by Dr. Joanna Hart
  • “A telehealth solution to improve community access to fetal monitoring in high-risk pregnancies: a feasibility pilot study” led by Dr. Nadav Schwartz.

Dr. Hart, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Medical Ethics & Health Policy, is leading a project to better understand the needs of youth who are informal caregivers for ill or disabled family members. She will be working with Dr. Victoria Miller at CHOP and collaborators at Mastery Charter Schools and Temple University’s Intergenerational Center.

Dr. Schwartz, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, is leading a pilot study to evaluate a novel telehealth solution for remote, in-home fetal non-stress tests for monitoring high-risk pregnancies. He will be working with Drs. Rebecca Hamm and Meghan Lane-Fall at Penn and Dr. Marjorie Mogul at the Maternity Care Coalition.

These proposals were selected from a highly competitive applicant pool. Congratulations to Dr. Hart and Dr. Schwartz!

The Community Engagement and Research (CEAR) Core of the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) at the University of Pennsylvania has made pilot grant funding available for research with public and community health relevance since 2014.

Watts named team leader in inaugural Projects for Progress 

The University of Pennsylvania announced its inaugural Projects for Progress prize recipients, which include three teams of Penn students, faculty, and staff. The teams, awarded up to $100,000 each to support their initiatives, all enhance and promote equity and inclusion in Philadelphia by addressing health care, education, and environmental justice, respectively.

CEAR Core Steering Committee member, Caroline Watts, is the team leader for “Bridging Gaps and Building Capacity: Student and Educator Supports for School Reopening in Learning Network 2.”

Read the full story here.

PDA Public Service Award Recipient, Dr. Joan I. Gluch

Joan I. Gluch, PhD, RDH, PHDHP, Chief of Penn Dental Medicine’s Division of Community Oral Health, has been honored by the Pennsylvania Dental Association (PDA) for her public service to the community as the 2021 recipient of the PDA Public Service Award. The award recognizes her commitment to underserved communities through her insightful innovations to improve their oral health.

Dr. Glutch is a CEAR Core Steering Committee member.

Read the full story here.