HELI 2021 Virtual Series

HELI 2021 took place via 3 virtual sessions between May and December.  Each session was designed to inspire and to celebrate achievement while also maintaining our high standard of keeping it real. We opened up virtual programming to an expanded audience of HELI alumni, prospective HELI Scholars, on- and off campus experts and instructors, and lay members of the public who are curious about what community-academic partnerships are and what health equity scholars do. 

Session 3 | Thursday, December 2 from 2-3:00pm PST / 4-5:00pm CST / 5-6:00pm EST

>>View the recording of the event here.

Session 3 featured Dr. Tisha M. Felder and Dr. Lori Carter-Edwards with facilitation by Sarah Esmond, MS, speaking on ‘Promising Practices for Campuses to Support Community Engaged Health Equity Research: A Call to Action.’ Great opportunities exist to modify administrative practices in higher education to protect, support, and advance health equity research, health equity scholar career development, and community-academic partnerships. Ms. Esmond facilitated a conversation with two health equity experts, examining career pathways, NIH data trends for Scholars with underrepresented minority status, and the critical role research administration has in successful implementation of health equity research.

Session 2 | Friday, July 16 from 9:00 – 10:30am CT

>>You may view the recording of the event here.

Session 2 featured HELI 2011 Alumna Dr. Tisha M. Felder and HELI 2016 Alumnus Dr. Charles R. Rogers speaking on Thriving as an Early-$tage Investigator: The Untold Do’s and Don’ts. They shared invaluable insight on (1) lessons learned from securing and leading their highly competitive training grant awards from the National Cancer Institute, (2) how to effectively be health-equity and community-engaged junior professors at research intensive universities, and (3) effectively building and expanding collaborations with community leaders to eliminate health disparities.

Session 1 | Thursday, May 27 from 9:00 – 10:30am CT
>>You may view the recording of the event here.

Session 1 featured 3 UW HELI alum and their community partners sharing about their work, why it’s important and how it may have value in work you do and settings you operate in.

Join us to learn from three health equity partnerships that are having impact by recognizing and drawing on unique community and academic knowledge and assets, taking action and making change!

HELI 2014 alumna Olayinka Shiyanbola, PhD, Associate Professor, UW-Madison School of Pharmacy & Ms. Julia Means, RN, Parish Nurse at Ebenezer Church of God in Christ, Milwaukee, and Community Health Ministry Nurse with Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital, Milwaukee

Peer Partnering: Peer Support for African Americans/Blacks with Diabetes

No one better than peers who share life experiences and take more than one prescription to teach about managing a condition like diabetes. Our presenters work collaboratively to implement a culturally-tailored program that addresses beliefs about medicines, diabetes and provider distrust to improve medication adherence. Can our lessons learned from working with Peer Leaders assist you/those you know struggling with diabetes management?

HELI 2018 alumna Maria Mora Pinzon, MD, Assistant Scientist and Postdoctoral Trainee, UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health; Sául Juarez Aguilar, ProHealth Care Manager of Care Management, Hispanic Health Resource Center (HHRC); & Shary Pérez Torres, MPH, Health Research Program Coordinator, United Community Center (UCC)

Stepping On to Pisando Fuerte: Lessons Learned by Hispanics/Latinos while adapting for Hispanics/Latinos

Pisando Fuerte is a multifaceted intervention to improve balance, strength and falls knowledge among older adults whose primary language is Spanish. It relied on a rigorous scientific process to retain key elements of Stepping On, while making modifications to sociocultural and contextual norms.  Hear how engagement and health equity stayed in the forefront of our collaboration to bring a much needed intervention to community!

HELI 2016 alum Alvin Thomas, PhD, Assistant Professor, UW-Madison School of Human Ecology & Mr. Aaron Perry, CEO and Founder of Rebalanced-Life Wellness Association

Black Men’s Mental Health and Well-being
Our project challenges widely held assumptions and stereotypes about Black males in their range of social roles, especially as fathers. The Black Males Mental Health and Well-being Project focuses first on working with men in their key social roles and in a space that has historically been safe and sacred for Black men – the barber shop. We focus on men as fathers, as sons, as students, as barbers, a service provider in their community.

Session 1 was facilitated by HELI 2016 alum Charles Rogers, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Utah School of Medicine.

Questions? Contact heli2021@ictr.wisc.edu.

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