The Institute of Medicine invites you to a virtual seminar:
Building Community-University Partnerships for Health Equity in Downeast Maine
Sept. 16 @ noon–1 p.m./Free
Tora Johnson, Ph.D., Director, Geographic Information Systems Service Center, Associate Professor of GIS University of Maine Machias
Katherine Weatherford Darling, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Sociology, Social Science Program, University of Maine, Augusta
Oliver Gray Jones, UMaine Ph.D. Student
About the seminar: Downeast Maine is a hub for collaborative community partnerships and community-engaged research and teaching to address health and social inequities. In this talk we report lessons learned and emerging findings from the Downeast Health Research Collaborative (DHRC) based at University of Maine Machias. DHRC is an informal network of students, faculty and community organizations working to address rural health inequities through community-engaged research, systems-level interventions and workforce development. Current pilot projects include research with workers in the shellfish and lobster industry on structural factors in injury, pain and addiction, research with the Maine Community Health Worker Initiative to strengthen the frontline public health workforce, research to reduce travel burden and prevent Emergency Department over-utilization, and research to map local assets and create an early intervention program serving rural youth experiencing serious mental illness.