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Leveraging the power of research to improve community health and wellness

  • 22 Apr 2022
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Virtual Meeting


  • A donation of $25.00 would be appreciated.

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Multiple Virtual Sessions 

Leveraging the power of research to improve community health and wellness 

April 22,  2022 

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT 

A confirmation is sent immediately upon registration with the virtual link for the day of the event, if you do not receive it, please contact us at iomcstaff@iomc.org. 

Complimentary - Open to all  

The Institute of Medicine of Chicago is pleased to host The Intersection of Education and Community Engagement with Rosalind Franklin University. This is a four-session series addressing interprofessional education, pathways to health careers, the intersectionality of education and community engagement with in-depth research, and the pursuit of achieving health equity.  Over 20 speakers are involved in the full series. 

This session will focus on the results of Rosalind Franklin University’s engagement with local and regional clinical and public health entities as research partners to better understand, develop, and implement strategies to improve the health and economic inequities that exist within our communities. We will discuss how student participation in these collaborations increases student knowledge and community impact. This session will explore the roles RFU’s Interprofessional Community Clinic, Joanna Briggs Institute - Center of Excellence, and the newly opened Innovation and Research Park/Helix51 Incubator in these endeavors, as well as that of the planned RFU Center for Health Equity Research which is currently in development.

Learning Objectives

By attending this session, you will be able to:

  • Describe how community members and organizations can be integrated into research collaborations to positively impact the health and wellbeing of a community.
  • Identify how students can be involved in and impact community-centered research collaborations.
  • Explain how Joanna Briggs Institute methods enable nurse anesthesia residents to conduct impactful, patient centered (evidence synthesis and implementation) research.
  • Discuss the community impact of RFU’s new Innovation and Research Park /Helix 51 Incubator, and the expected impact of the RFU Center for Health Equity Research.


Host: Pat Merryweather-Arges, MA, Executive Director, Project Patient Care; and Programs Committee Co-Chair, and Billings Fellow, IOMC

Moderator and Session Leader:  Ronald S. Kaplan, PhD, Executive VP for Research, RFU; Vice Dean for Research, Chicago Medical School

Maureen R. Benjamins, PhD, RFU part-time faculty; Senior Research Fellow, Sinai Urban Health Institute, and Fellow, IOMC

Melissa Chen, MD, Clinical Director, RFU Interprofessional Community Clinic

Robert A. Marr, PhD, Assistant Dean for Research, Chicago Medical School

Kristin L. Schneider, PhD, Associate Dean of Research, College of Health Professions

This program is supported by The Portes Foundation in memory of Dr. Les Sandlow, MD, Chicago Medical School. 

CEU 1.0 hour See details below. 

Join us for the final session in the four-session series...register now! 

April 29, 2022 

Building networks to solve critical nursing workforce needs in the greater Chicago metropolitan region 

Continuing Education Credit

In support of improving patient care, Rush University Medical Center is jointly accredited by the

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy

Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to

provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Rush University Medical Center designates this live course for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA

Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their

participation in the activity.

ANCC Credit Designation  Nurses

The maximum number of hours awarded for this CE activity is 1.0 contact hours.

This activity is being presented without bias and without commercial support.

APA Credit Designation  Psychology

Rush University designates this live course for 1.0 Continuing Education credit(s) in psychology.

Rush University Medical Center designates this knowledge-based CPE activity for 1.0 contact

hours for pharmacists.

Rush University is an approved provider for physical therapy (216.000272), occupational therapy,

respiratory therapy, social work (159.001203), nutrition, and speech-audiology by the Illinois

Department of Professional Regulation.

Rush University designates this live course for 1.0 Continuing Education credit(s)


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