Find the latest news from CEAR Core faculty and community stakeholders, including presentations, events, and awards.

Call for Proposals Connecting Penn Research to Communities

March 15, 2022

The Community Engagement and Research (CEAR) Core of the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) at the University of Pennsylvania is making pilot grant funding available for research with public and community health relevance. We are especially interested in proposals that address prevention and management of heart disease and cancer risk.

2022 Community Driven Research Day – Virtual Event

January 27, 2022

Community-Driven Research Day (CDRD) encourages collaborations between researchers and community-based organizations (CBOs) and community groups who have research questions that they are interested in answering, specifically in ways that address social determinants of health. The 12th annual CDRD will take place virtually on Thursday, January 27, 2022 from 9:30am-12:30pm EST.

Community Partner Training gets a new platform

December 13, 2021

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

July 20, 2021

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.

Pilot Grants awarded to two recipients, helping communities thrive

June 8, 2021

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.

Watts named team leader in inaugural Projects for Progress 

May 18, 2021

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.”

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

May 4, 2021

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.

2021 ITMAT Symposium

October 11-12, 2021

The 2021 ITMAT Symposium will again enlist outstanding speakers from the U.S. and abroad to address topics of direct relevance to translational science. The theme this year will be “Translational Science in a Pandemic World.”

The event will allow for virtual and in-person attendance. More details will be announced later this summer about the format.

Dates: Monday and Tuesday, October 11–12, 2021

Smilow Center for Translational Research
Rubenstein Auditorium and Lobby
3400 Civic Center Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Call for Proposals

April 5, 2021

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

This call for proposals is open to faculty and postdocs with significant public and community health-related experience at Penn and is intended to:

Applications are due Monday, April 5th by 5PM. (CLOSED)

2021 Community Scholars Symposium and Pitch Presentation

March 22, 2021

This symposium offers insights into developing, pitching, and funding innovative project ideas that utilize community-academic partnerships, while offering an opportunity for networking among the community, academics, and grant-makers. Pitches are judged by a panel of funders and academics and the top three presenters will receive a financial award.

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