Building a Self-Reflective Research Team

Culturally Confident Engagement for Translational Research:
A Building Trust Curriculum Training

This training was created specifically for Wisconsin-based researchers and research team members to strengthen their capacity to effectively recruit and retain participants typically underrepresented in research.

Participants in this facilitator led program will consider the impact of history, racism and structural inequities on health research; discuss complex ethical issues in research conduct and participation; and practice skills for enhancing recruitment, retention, informed consent, and the development of community partnerships. This offering is presented by UW-Madison experts in research recruitment and retention and led by CCHE Assistant Director Susan R. Passmore, PhD.

These trainings are taking place virtually until further notice during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information or to host a workshop with Dr. Passmore & a BT Facilitator, contact

Why Is This Important?

What We Know

  • Diverse participation in research, whatever the disease or condition under study, is imperative to our understanding of health broadly, and critical to the resolution of health disparities since those most frequently left out of research are the same populations who suffer most dramatically from health inequities.
  • Since the NIH Revitalization Act of 1993, the overrepresentation of whites in research endures and extends throughout the entire research enterprise to this day.
  • Research diversity ensures that advances in health and healthcare benefit those populations already suffering from health disparities.

How To Change

  • The lack of diversity in research samples is a multifaceted problem that does not have a “quick fix.” One thing that we can do is work to increase the capacity of researchers and research team members to effectively recruit and retain participants who are typically underrepresented.
  • Address race, racism and discrimination when developing methods for directly enhancing recruitment, retention, informed consent, and community partnerships.
  • Confront how past research abuses contribute to a legacy of mistrust today.

What We’re Doing

  • Creating an infrastructure to deliver a tailored curriculum to researchers and research teams. Starting in spring 2019, local experts have been trained as curriculum facilitators to address the specific needs on our campus and in our communities. CCHE now has the capacity to offer Building Trust workshops for a range of audiences.
  • Building capacity and skills to advance health equity. Building Trust provides education to promote the importance of inclusive research practices and improve the skills of research teams to successfully implement inclusive strategies.

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The original Building Trust curriculum was developed at the University of Maryland College Park and supported by Award Number 7RC2MD004766 (Quinn & Thomas, Principal Investigators) from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) and the Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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