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UT Southwestern CTSA Program Presents:

Sustaining Trustworthiness in our Community Engagement Program


Bring your lunch and join us IN-PERSON at our upcoming Community Engagement Grand Rounds lecture on Tuesday, January 24th, 12:00-1:00 PM (Central) sponsored by the UT Southwestern CTSA Program’s Office of Community Health and Research Engagement (OCHRE).


Our speaker will be Linda B. Cottler, PhD, MPH, FACE, Dean’s Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Florida.


To conduct successful community engaged research, it is essential to sustain the community’s trust in the academic institution. Researchers face various hurdles in establishing trust with a community, and it can be just as difficult to maintain that trust over time. This presentation will focus on strategies to sustain the community’s trust and methods to measure that trust to ensure continued success. Data will be presented from the HealthStreet program, founded by Dr. Cottler at Washington University in 1989 and housed at University of Florida since 2011.


This lecture will be conducted in-person in the Eugene McDermott Plaza Lecture Halls, D1.602 and live streamed via MS Teams.


REGISTRATION: Please click this registration link to sign up. Upon registration, you will receive a calendar invitation and the link to join the webinar.


CME: This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™


If you have questions about this lecture, please contact us at OCHRE@UTSouthwestern.edu.


Dr. Cottler – Biographical Profile

Linda B. Cottler, PhD, MPH, FACE is Dean’s Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Florida. Before moving to UF to become Founding Chair of the Department of Epidemiology (2011-2018), Dr. Cottler was at Washington University for 30 years, where she earned her PhD and developed a robust research program in addiction and community engagement science. Continuously funded by NIDA since 1989, her research has included: development of culturally reliable and valid measures for identifying substance use, abuse and dependence, along with psychiatric disorders and their risk factors; innovative methods for conducting national surveys of high-risk behaviors; and community based, peer-delivered interventions to change high risk behaviors and substance abuse. Her work has had international focus, extending to Afghanistan, Australia, Haiti, India, Kenya, Taiwan, and Thailand. She is Founding Director of HealthStreet (1989)—a community engagement program in which Community Health Workers assess health concerns and needs of community members and provide referrals to medical and social services and opportunities to participate in research. Dr. Cottler was funded in 2021 by the CDC for an innovative partnership between Clinical and Translational Science Award hubs and local Extension agents, to improve COVID-19 vaccination rates for underserved populations. She was also just funded for an All of Us initiative to increase researcher engagement with the data workbench and recruit individuals through another nationwide partnership. Dr. Cottler is the current President of the Association for Clinical and Translational Science.

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