Here's what happens at a 'speed dating' event for researchers and community groups - Generocity Philly

Results

Feb. 5, 2016 11:54 am

Here’s what happens at a ‘speed dating’ event for researchers and community groups

At Community-Driven Research Day, community orgs and local researchers meet for a chance to collaborate and win $10k.

Over 100 people attended this year's Community-Driven Research Day.

(Photo by Adam Bender)

A strong organizational partnership is like a marriage, advises Marjie Mogul, research director for the Maternity Care Coalition: “It takes time and a lot of patience.”

“It’s simply about developing these relationships of trust — how you’re going to communicate, how you’re going to bring your cultures together,” she said.

A first meeting at Community-Driven Research Day could lead to the perfect marriage of academia and, you guessed it, community.

Community-Driven Research Day, held on Wednesday at the University of Pennsylvania, is an annual event at which community groups pitch their causes to academic institutions with the goal of making connections that could lead to future research collaborations.

“Think of today as speed dating,” said event planning committee member Ayana Bradshaw, who is the administrative director for the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

The goal is to match similarly minded organizations to solve public health issues in Philadelphia. At the event, organizations pitched solutions to a variety issues, including fighting depression, helping the hungry and combating distracted driving.

The event was sponsored by Penn, CHOP, Temple University, Drexel University and Thomas Jefferson University. The 32 presenters included Broad Street Ministry, Chinatown Clinic, Mobile CPR Project, Mujeres Luchadoras and the Schuylkill River Town Program. Over 200 people attended this year. 

In a keynote, a city official said partnerships with community groups have been vital to some major public health initiatives in Philadelphia.

From our Partners

“Community partnerships and collaborations expand our reach in communities far beyond what we can do ourselves,” said Cheryl Bettigole, division director for Chronic Disease Prevention at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. “They help us to generate new and innovative ideas – things we never could have come up with on our own because we’re not working in that field, necessarily. They help us to bridge cultural divides.”

Research Day posters.

Research Day posters. (Photo by Adam Bender)

Bettigole said she experienced that last benefit firsthand when the city’s Get Healthy Philly group launched a Healthy Chinese Takeout Initiative, an effort to reduce sodium at Chinese restaurants across the city. The city partnered with the Temple University Center for Asian Health, the Chinese Restaurant Association and the Asian Community Health Coalition.

“There’s no way I could have gone in by myself to a Chinese takeout in North Philly and convinced them to change what they were cooking,” she said.

For Community-Driven Research Day attendees, collaboration could pay off: Event sponsors are offering pilot grants of up to $10,000 each to support joint projects of institutional researchers and community groups that came out of the event.

The pilot grants will be worth between $2,000 and $10,000, with funding to come from the event sponsors. Each organization is expected to award at least one grant.

“This call for proposals will offer competitive, pilot grant funding to support interdisciplinary, community-based, participatory research in public health,” Bradshaw said. “The basic tenet is that community organizations and research partners are involved in all phases of the research, and working hand-in-hand on the research project.”

The event’s planning committee said it plans to send a formal call for proposals next week to the 32 organizations that presented posters at the event. Only attendees will be eligible. The pilot funding grantees will be announced in early June.

Collaboration is no buzzword, stressed Glenn Bryan, assistant vice president of community relations for Penn.

“We see it as an increasing reality for us to really solve issues and create a better, healthier environment,” he said, adding that Mayor Jim Kenney supports partnerships between academic institutions and community groups: Bryan reported that Kenney sounded “excited” when he told him about Community-Driven Research Day in a meeting earlier this week.

-30-
LEAVE A COMMENT

From our Partners

What a North Philly film 10 years in the making can teach about building relationships

Snag a Fels Lab grad student for your next nonprofit consulting project

How Strawberry Mansion’s ninth graders helped bring a PAL Center to an empty school

SPONSORED

Generocity Philly

For immigrants, civic engagement is essential to success

1330 N. 5th Street,Philadelphia, PA 19122

http://www.bicycletransit.com/

Brand Ambassador

Apply Now
Philadelphia, PA

Knight Foundation

Summer of 2018 Paid Internship at Knight Foundation

Apply Now
4355 Orchard Street, Philadelphia, PA 19124

Rebuilding Together Philadelphia

Development Director

Apply Now

Child’s World America wants to be a ‘catalyst’ in uniting child advocacy orgs

Mental health services for immigrants and refugees in Philly must be reworked

SPONSORED

Generocity Philly

This Philly Venezuelan wants to encourage ‘participation, not isolation’ among immigrants

Philadelphia

William Penn Foundation

Program Associate, Creative Communities

Apply Now
Philadelphia

Fairmount Ventures Inc

Project Manager

Apply Now
Center City Philadelphia

The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia

Coordinator, Member Engagement

Apply Now

Sign-up for regular updates from Generocity