Just Research Program Holds Successful Workshop on Research Equity

Gina Green-Harris, wearing a blue shirt, gestures as she speaks in front of a screen at a workshop.
Workshop co-leader Gina Green-Harris speaks to participants on June 2, 2023. (Photos in this story by Kristen Koenig, SMPH Media Solutions)

Just Research, a new program offered through a collaboration between the Center for Community Engagement and Health Partnerships (CCEHP) and the Collaborative Center for Health Equity (CCHE), held its third session of a brand-new daylong workshop on June 2.

The workshop was co-led by Susan Passmore, PhD (CCHE Senior Associate Director) and Gina Green-Harris, MBA (CCEHP Director). The 22 attendees were a mix of investigators, research staff and community advisory board members.

A woman, who is seated at a table with other participants, makes a comment.
A Just Research workshop participant offers a comment.

Just Research workshops cover challenging topics such as the role of bias in research participation, principles of healthy community engagement, and effective communication within teams and in the community. They are free to participants.

Reaction to the June offering, which was held at Signe Skott Cooper Hall on the UW-Madison campus, was enthusiastic. One participant commented that the presenters “created a casual, fun, safe atmosphere but also kept the vibe going that we were there to do the work.” Said another, “Awesome moderators! Could not have asked for better.”

Several praised the variety in the day’s format—from role-playing exercises, to journaling prompts, to videos and discussion—as well as dedicated time to engage with others interested in similar research and equity challenges.

Participants smile at they take part in an activity at Signe Skott Cooper Hall.

The Just Research program as a whole, which also includes shorter seminars in addition to daylong workshops, is designed to help researchers and research staff learn skills that promote diversity in study participation and research equity.

The next daylong workshop is anticipated to be held in the fall; reach out to justresearch@ictr.wisc.edu or fill out this form to add yourself to a list for notification about future offerings.

Just Research is sponsored by the UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) and supported in part by the UW School of Medicine and Public Health from the Wisconsin Partnership Program (WPP). WPP funds made this workshop possible.

–Jennifer Smith, ICTR