Advancing the care of people, families, and communities and achieving health equity is fostered through interprofessional academic-community partnerships, including community-engaged collaborations focused upon clinical and translational research. Frontiers, the University of Kansas’ Clinical and Translational Science Institute, believes that conducting clinical and translational research requires collaboration with patients, stakeholders, and community partners. Frontiers’ Community Engagement Core has adopted an innovative approach to community-engaged research through the collective efforts of two groups, the Health Humanities and Arts Research Collaborative (HHARC) and Multidisciplinary Advocate and Researchers Group (MARG), employing storytelling as a novel approach to seeking health equity through patient- and community-engagement.
HHARC, formed during the pandemic, is an interdisciplinary, interprofessional collaborative that leverages affinities within health, wellness, and health equity and connects over 230 scholars and practitioners in co-created academic-community partnerships. MARG, a regional collective of biomedical and health investigators, community health workers, and over 80 patient and community partners, grew out of Frontiers’ former community core. Together, HHARC/MARG serves as Frontiers’ Community Engagement Core. The HHARC/MARG partnership arose from community input and utilizes health humanities and arts as a lens to reveal and inform blind spots in our understanding of health and health equity across diverse populations and storytelling as a modality to leverage and elevate the voices and lived experiences of people, families, and communities to foster meaningful engagement in the service of health equity.
This Lightning Talk describes the development of an innovative academic-community research partnership, strategies to advance best practices in community-engaged research, and the use of storytelling as a modality to learn together what matters most to people and communities and achieve health equity. Examples will be drawn from HHARC/MARG research collaborations, training events, and partnership initiatives. This innovative research partnership holds promise for contributing to better care, better value, and better education through translational research.
In support of improving patient care, this activity is planned and implemented by The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education Office of Interprofessional Continuing Professional Development (OICPD). The OICPD is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
The National Center OICPD is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers (ATs). This program is eligible for Category A hours/CEUs. ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.
This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.
Physicians: The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education designates this live activity for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with their participation.
Physician Assistants: The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
Nurses: Participants will be awarded contact hours of credit for attendance at this workshop.
Nurse Practitioners: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.
Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians: This activity is approved for contact hours.
Athletic Trainers: This program is eligible for Category A hours/CEUs. ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.
Social Workers: As a Jointly Accredited Organization, the National Center is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. The National Center maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive continuing education credits.
IPCE: This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.