Collaborative Approaches to Research Engagement (CARE) Initiative

Overall Goal:

We seek to develop a pathway to ensure that the local community is better represented in research through engagement with the IRB, building an intentional consideration of the local community
impacted by clinical trial or intervention human subjects research. This initiative focuses on developing a series of workshops including developing the process for identifying the best community collaborations to support the improved community impact of campus research.

Team Members:

Lewis Wheaton
Lea Marzo
Phenique Parker
Jennifer Hirsch
Melanie Clark
Karen Minyard
Chris Parker
Nicole Kennard

This collaboration includes:

  • Center for Promoting Equity and Inclusion in the Sciences – seeks to develop a more diverse and inclusive College of Sciences, that will empower, encourage, and support work, study, and learning in a way that allows the community to reach its full potential in line with the Institute’s Strategic Plan’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative Blueprint (PI: Lewis Wheaton, Co-I: Lea Marzo, Graduate Assistant: Phenique Parker)
  • Serve-Learn-Sustain (SLS) – a campus-wide academic initiative working with all six Georgia Tech colleges to integrate community engagement around sustainability into teaching, research, and student experiences, through long-term collaborations with diverse partners across the community, non-profit, government, academic, and business sectors (Co-I: Jennifer Hirsch)
  • Georgia Tech’s Human Research Protection Program, Office of Research Integrity Assurance – operates the Georgia Tech IRB, the federally mandated panel that is charged with safeguarding the rights and welfare of human subjects in research (Co-I: Melanie Clark)
  • Georgia State University (a minority-serving institution) Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC) will serve as domain experts and external reviewers (Co-Is: Karen Minyard, Chris Parker)
  • Community Engaged Research for Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems (Assistant Director: Nicole Kennard)
  • TBD community partners (identified through this grant submission through a pilot fellows program)

Special thanks to the generous support of the Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems Sustainability Next Seed Grant Program.


As a kickoff of our community building efforts, please join us at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center for a 1-day workshop titled, “Collaborative Approaches to Research Engagement (CARE): A Focus on Aging Research,” on March 29th from 9-2 pm.  Our focus for this workshop is to engage researchers and community partners in a dialogue about how we can improve the interaction of researchers and the community in the area of aging-related research. 

Community partners will have the opportunity to provide researchers with feedback on how research is conducted within our communities. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. 

Community partners/non-researchers will be paid a stipend for their time.

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We look forward to connecting with you!