The Washington University Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences recently announced five partnerships selected to receive funding through the 2022-2023 Partnership Development and Sustainability Support (PDSS) program. This funding enables partners to develop the trust, infrastructure, capacity and skills needed to undertake future collaborative research.
Hilary Reno, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine, division of infectious diseases, will work with the St. Louis Regional Health Commission to develop community partnerships to support neighborhood health data for St. Louis to address health inequities. The St. Louis region suffers from high rates of violence, chronic disease, sexually transmitted infections; yet it is not known exactly where and to whom resources and interventions should be targeted.
This data gap has been frustrating regional providers and researchers for years, but the Covid-19 pandemic showed the work could be done. The partnership will seek to build upon a collaborative momentum by establishing a regional health data platform that is centered around and governed by those most affected by health inequities.
Other award recipients include Kelli Canada, PhD, LCSW, Associate Professor and Associate Director for Research, School of Health Professions, University of Missouri – Columbia, with the Moberly Correctional Center, Missouri Department of Corrections; Kelly Harris, PhD, CCC-SLP, Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy and Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, with Normandy Schools Collaborative; Brett Maricque, PhD, Assistant Professor of Genetics, McDonnell Genome Institute, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, with Black Girls Do STEM; and Susan Stark, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Professor of Occupational Therapy, Neurology and Social Work, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, with New Horizons PACE.