Community Engaged Research Cafe 2018

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Held on September 14, 2018, at the LISTEN Community Dinner Hall in White River Junction, Vermont, the Community Engaged Research Cafe 2018 was an event to bring Dartmouth health care researchers and community members together to discuss what health challenges are important in our communities and how researchers and community members can work together to find solutions.

Dartmouth SYNERGY Clinical and Translational Science Institute   Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Greater Sullivan County Public Health Network   Public Health Council of the Upper Valley


September 14, 2018
9 am to noon


LISTEN Community Dinner Hall
42 Maple St.
White River Junction, Vermont

What is Community Engaged Research?

Community-engaged research is an approach for conducting research. It involves working collaboratively with and through groups of people affiliated by geographic proximity, common interest, or similar situations, to address issues affecting the well-being of those people through engagement in research. This collaboration is bidirectional in nature and may vary in degree of community engagement from full and equal collaboration through all stages of research (defining the research question, study design, conduct, interpretation and dissemination) or alternatively, might consist of substantive and active engagement of the community in one or more stages of research.
    -definition adopted by Dartmouth Synergy in 2016

What will we eat?

Coffee and snacks will be served. Please indicate any dietary restrictions in the registration form.

What will we do?

Join this interactive gathering to meet others interested in community engaged research, discuss lessons learned, challenges and opportunities for collaboration. Here is the agenda for the morning:

  • Introductory Remarks
  • Panel Discussion with Community Engaged Research Examples: Researcher and Community Perspectives
  • Discussion of 12 Lessons paper. Free full text available here:
  • Discussion groups by topic
  • Closing Remarks

What is the “12 lessons paper”?

Twelve Lessons Learned for Effective Research Partnerships Between Patients, Caregivers, Clinicians, Academic Researchers, and Other Stakeholders. Witteman HO1,2,3,4, Chipenda Dansokho S5, Colquhoun H6, Fagerlin A7, Giguere AMC8,5,9, Glouberman S10, Haslett L11, Hoffman A12, Ivers NM13,14, Légaré F8,15,16, Légaré J17, Levin CA18, Lopez K19, Montori VM20, Renaud JS8,5, Sparling K21, Stacey D22,23, Volk RJ24.

J Gen Intern Med. 2018 Apr;33(4):558-562. doi: 10.1007/s11606-017-4269-6. 2018 Jan 4.


Research increasingly means that patients, caregivers, health professionals, other stakeholders, and academic investigators work in partnership. This requires effective collaboration rooted in mutual respect, involvement of all participants, and good communication. Having conducted such partnered research over multiple projects, and having recently completed a project together funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, we collaboratively developed a list of 12 lessons we have learned about how to ensure effective research partnerships. To foster a culture of mutual respect, hold early in-person meetings, with introductions focused on motivation, offer appropriate orientation for everyone, and maintain awareness of individual and project goals. To actively involve all team members, it is important to ensure sufficient funding for everyone’s participation, to ask for and recognize diverse contributions, and to seek the input of quiet members. To facilitate good communication, teams should carefully consider labels, avoid jargon and acronyms, judiciously use homogeneous and heterogeneous subgroups, and keep progress visible. In offering pragmatic, actionable lessons we have learned through our separate and shared experiences, we hope to help foster more patient-centered research via productive and enjoyable research collaborations.

Free full text available here:

Who should attend?

Community Organizations * Patients, Families, Community Members * Researchers * and anyone else interested in community engaged research.

You may already have experience with community engaged research or you may not. If you have experience, we hope you will share it. All are welcome.

What topics will be covered in discussion groups?

Substance Misuse * Healthy Eating Active Living *Mental Health *Older Adults * And more, depending on participant interests…

These topics were chosen because they are regional public health priorities and there are researchers at Dartmouth who study these topics. Please suggest other topics in your registration form.

How do I register?

Please register here by 9/1/2018. There is no cost to attend this event.

Other Questions?


Funding provided by the Community Engagement Core at Synergy