Building Trust between Minorities and Researchers: Inaugural Workshop on Becoming a Self-Reflective Researcher
The Maryland Center for Health Equity hosted the inaugural Building Trust between Minorities and Researchers Workshop: Becoming a Self-Reflective Researcher at the University of Maryland, College Park, June 27-28, 2018.
The Workshop was developed as part of a National Bioethics Research Infrastructure Initiative at the Maryland Center for Health Equity with funding from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of the Director, (RC2MD004766; PI, Sandra Crouse Quinn and Stephen B. Thomas). The workshop is designed to strengthen the capacity of investigators, recruitment staff, and other research personnel to work effectively with minority communities.
The 2018 inaugural workshop included 25 participants: four from UMD, six from the Metro-DC area, and fifteen from across the country. Over two intensive days, the scholars completed seven interactive modules and learned practical skills for building relationships with minority communities and recruiting and retaining minority and health disparity populations in their research. Scholars explored complex ethical issues, focused on why and how to initiate critical conversations about race and develop community relationships, and practiced skills for enhancing recruitment, retention, and the informed consent process.
Participants described the workshop as “a fantastic experience in self-reflection and our obligations as ethical and compassionate health researchers,” and that it “has the potential to transform the way we serve our communities.”
The workshop was facilitated by M-CHE faculty Drs. Stephen B. Thomas, Sandra C. Quinn, Craig S. Fryer, James Butler, III, and Mary A. Garza. Each of the facilitators brings extensive expertise with engaging with minority communities and public health research. In reacting to our facilitator team, scholars were “super impressed” and “cannot thank [them] enough for the lessons I learned and the experiences [they] shared,” and described the team as a “dynamic, engaging group of researchers” who “are able to take a look at the issues on a macro level and center the reasons we do this work.”