The Institute for Integration of Medicine & Science (IIMS) is proud to present the virtual 2021 Community Engagement Symposium: Upholding Equity and Diversity for Health Research on November 5 and 6, 2021. Together, patients, families, communities, and researchers alike will learn virtually how we can work together to design, implement, and share quality research that addresses community health concerns.

We are seeking poster and oral presentation abstracts from individuals who are or would like to be part of a community-campus research partnership.

Poster abstract topics are unrestricted; however, preference will be given to community-engaged research projects. Selected poster presenters will create a traditional research poster (PowerPoint/PDF format); however, printing is not required. Thereafter, posters will be presented via an on-line video sharing platform during the CE Symposium. Posters will be judged (1st - 3rd place and "People's Choice Award") based on:

-abstract relevance including how the community is or could be engaged in your research;

-information is presented in a clear and concise manner that is easy for both researchers and non-researchers to understand; and

-the importance and timeliness of the health research topic and findings to both researchers and the community.

Abstracts for oral presentations should address: Successes and Challenges in Community-Engaged Research while upholding equity and diversity for health research. Selected oral presentations will be livestreamed on the day of the symposium.

Abstracts are due on October 4, 2020.


Abstracts are limited to 350 words or less. Charts, graphs, and special characters are not accepted in this online submission. Abstracts may be structured as follows:

  1. Background – Describe your objectives, hypothesis, or a description of the problem? If applicable, what is the history of your community-campus partnership?
  2. Significance – Why is your project important? If applicable, how does this project help to uphold equity and diversity?

  3. Methods - How was the project conducted? Describe the design, participants, procedures, measures, and statistical analyses.

  4. Findings – Summarize the results.

  5. Conclusions – What was the main outcome? What are the next steps? How can involving community members help to uphold diversity and inclusion?


Abstracts will be reviewed and selected by the IIMS Community Engagement Symposium Planning Committee.

Selected presenters will be notified no later than the week of October 12th.

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