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PCORnet Best Practice Sharing Session: Transformational Approaches to Achieving Health Equity through Engaged Research

January 31, 2017 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 2:00 pm EDT

For biomedical research to improve health broadly, we must 1) ensure diversity in studies, 2) address mistrust in research, particularly among racial/ethnic minorities, 3) increase health literacy, and 4) employ participant-centered study design and dissemination. All of these goals are achievable through Community Engaged Research. This webinar examines components of diversity and provides a review of engaged research approaches needed to address disparities.


Consuelo H. Wilkins, MD, MSCI, is a physician, biomedical researcher and current Executive Director of the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance–a strategic partnership between Meharry Medical College and Vanderbilt Univ Medical Center. Dr. Wilkins holds faculty appointments as Associate Professor of Medicine at both Vanderbilt and Meharry.

Dr. Wilkins is widely recognized for her innovative work in community engaged research and is the principal investigator of more than $20 million in research awards including funding from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute and NIH. She has pioneered methods of stakeholder engagement that involve community members and patients in research across the translational spectrum.

Engaging communities in research is a key strategy in Dr. Wilkins’ health equity research and is deeply embedded her work as a PI of the Vanderbilt-Miami-Meharry Center of Excellence in Precision Medicine and Population Health, which focuses on decreasing disparities among African Americans and Latinos using precision medicine, and the Center for Improving Clinical Trial Education Recruitment and Enrollment at CTSA Hubs, an NCATS-funded Recruitment Innovation Center with an emphasis on enhancing recruitment of underrepresented minorities in clinical trials.

As leader of the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance, Dr. Wilkins oversees a portfolio of community health and engagement programs focused on improving access among community health centers and disseminating evidence-based strategies to improve community health. She is highly sought for her unique strategic perspectives and abilities to integrate individuals of differing backgrounds and disciplines into programs and projects.

Session Materials

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January 31, 2017
1:00 pm EDT - 2:00 pm EDT