One of the goals of the Program in Community Engagement and Implementation is to build, sustain, and expand the interest and capacity of community members and Wake Forest researchers to collaborate in translational science. The internship/externship program is one way to further this goal.
Barbara Nicklas, PhD, Professor of Internal Medicine at the Sticht Center on Aging, is working with Salemtowne Retirement Community, Senior Services, and the Winston-Salem Parks & Recreation Centers to develop infrastructure to provide physical activity and weight loss interventions that have proven effective in the academic medical center. The focus of this externship will be research into how to successfully translate effective behavioral health interventions into the community.
Sara Quandt, PhD, Professor of Epidemiology and Prevention in the Division of Public Health Sciences, is working with several community organizations. This externship will focus on understanding the food environment of northwest North Carolina, particularly Forsyth County. The food environment includes the sources of foods (retail, food production, public and private food distribution programs) and distribution of access to these food sources, as well as the social, cultural, and political forces that underlie these. Understanding the food environment is needed to improve dietary intake for primary and secondary prevention of chronic diseases and their risk factors.
Jane Smart, MBA, is the Provider Relations Director for Hospice and Palliative CareCenter. She began a twelve-month internship in September, 2011, working with Kaycee Sink, MD and Morgan Bain, MD at the Sticht Center on Aging. Ms. Smart will focus her research internship on the study of palliative care in the treatment of dementia patients.
Carla Bryant, MPA, is the Director of Program Services at The Mental Health Association in Forsyth County, Inc. She began a twelve-month internship in September, 2011, working with Scott Rhodes, PhD and Aimee Wilkin, MD. The area of health research to be explored during her internship is the mental health needs of African American HIV positive men and women.
LaChelle Waller, PhD gave the commencement address at Cook Elementary's graduation on June 10th. She is the first member of the Medical School faculty who has been asked to give such an address by Cook.Read More
On February 20, 2013, over 150 people attended a day-long conference entitled, "Food, Faith, and Justice: A Common Calling." The conference was jointly sponsored by the Wake Forest University School of Divinity, the Translational Science Institute and the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity.Read More
On Monday, June 24th, 2013, the PCE will host a workshop designed to provide a forum for discussion of the challenges inherent in community collaboration.Read More
The award-winning documentary "Soul Food Junkies" that looks at the soul food tradition and its relevance to black culture will be shown on Tuesday, June 18th, at 7:30 pm at The Enterprise Conference Center, 1922 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, Winston-Salem.Read More