Community Engaged Research Symposium (CEnR)

Community Engaged Research Symposium (CEnR)

Since 2018, Karmanos Cancer Institute and Wayne State University have hosted a statewide symposium on community engaged research. The overarching goal of this symposium, a day and a half conference, is to create a space for community stakeholders and academic researchers to network, share research priorities and advance community-engaged science.

December 2020 marked the third annual Community Engaged Research Symposium: Advancing Health Equity. This year’s focus was “The Impact of COVID-19 Now and in the Future,” and featured close to 60 speakers and was attended virtually by more than 200 individuals from Michigan and across the nation. Presentations highlighted academic researchers, both nationally and locally, Wayne State University medical students, community organizations and community members. Speakers offered their insight and perspectives of working collaboratively with academic researchers and the community – discussing issues of trust, expectations, value, capacity and compensation – as well as providing examples of successful partnerships.