We are thrilled to announce the launch of our new Office of Community Engagement (OCE) under the direction of Stephaun Wallace, PhD, MS, UW Clinical Assistant Professor of Global Health and Director of External Relations at the HIV Vaccine Trials Network and COVID-19 Prevention Trials Network. The mission of the UW/Fred Hutch CFAR OCE is to provide leadership and support to the UW/Fred Hutch CFAR community and broader local communities to support effective and responsive HIV-related science.
The OCE advances CFAR’s past Community Action Board structure to lead efforts to develop, enhance, and sustain bidirectional partnerships between UW/Fred Hutch CFAR researchers and community organizations and members. These bidirectional partnerships will support the meaningful involvement of communities in the design, implementation, and dissemination of research, and to support capacity building among CFAR researchers, and overall better science.
The goals of the OCE are to:
- Develop, enhance, and sustain collaborative partnerships between community organizations and members, and the UW/Fred Hutch CFAR;
- Develop best practices for community engagement in HIV science;
- Facilitate and/or collaborate on projects aimed at characterizing and addressing social and structural determinants of health, including stigma, scientific literacy, xenophobia, and racism.
OCE serves our network of researchers and community health advocates through:
- Research Design Consultations
- Provide research design consultative services to CFAR researchers and Cores
- Community building/mobilization activities/events
- These are the various outreach efforts to maintain and enhance key community partnerships
- Collaborations with other CFARs to share best practices and enhance community engagement across the CFAR network
- Collaborations with HIV CABs in the Seattle area to share best practices and enhance community engagement in the greater Seattle area
- Facilitation of and/or collaborations on community-centered research and projects that characterize and address social and structural determinants of health, including stigma, scientific literacy, xenophobia, and racism
- Facilitation of and/or collaborations on community-led research and projects that focus on the science of community engagement
OCE programs include:
- Community Consultative Group (CCG): The CCG will provide guidance and expertise advice to the OCE and CFAR by supporting and performing research design consultative services to CFAR researchers, leading and supporting community outreach activities, and support working groups, and collaborate on projects and research studies.
- Working Groups: Working groups will be established to support specific activities and initiatives of the OCE. One of the longstanding working groups is the Stigma Working Group.