Outreach, Partnerships and Implementation Science (OPIS)

MICHR's Community Engagement & Research Core is called Outreach, Partnerships and Implementation Science (OPIS) Program. Beginning in October 2009, OPIS integrated the Community Engagement, Translation Science, and Practice Partnership cores to better meet the needs of the university and community partners, and to address healthcare issues of the public. As such, OPIS is a community engagement and research workgroup which addresses these three areas:

1) Community Engagement: Public Partners & Community-Based Organizations, 2) Community Engagement: Practitioners/Partners, and 3) Implementation/Translation Science. Representation includes faculty from U-M School of Nursing, School of Public Health, and School of Medicine.

For the first 5 years of funding, OPIS has focused on the following Specific Aims, which are formulated to meet MICHR’s Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Strategic Goals:

  • Aim 1. To provide an academic home and unified leadership within the UM that will allow us to identify community partners and develop long-standing, collaborative, and equitable Community-University research partnerships
  • Aim 2. To create educational, training, and career development opportunities that promote bidirectional knowledge flow between the public & investigator, and the provider & investigator communities, using a co-learning process that builds local capacity
  • Aim 3. To enhance infrastructure and tools to support Community-University research partnerships that are based on empowering and power-sharing processes
  • Aim 4. To create and test new innovative methods for community engagement and community-based participatory research
  • Aim 5. To provide regional and national leadership that addresses the “unfinished business” (NIH, 2006) of ensuring bi-directional Community-University research partnerships


Round 18 CURES Informational Webinar:

Community and academic partners interested in learning more about the Community University Research Partnership Award (CURES) are encouraged to attend a CURES informational webinar on Friday, January 30, 2015 from 12:00 - 1:00pm. The webinar will provide an overview of the application, review process, and strategies for writing competitive applications. Register HERE by January 29.

OPIS Symposium:
Since 2009, OPIS has hosted a symposium each year in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The purpose of the annual symposium is to enhance collaboration across our talented community, and to provide a mechanism where UM faculty, students, and key stakeholders with similar interests can share their academic and programmatic work to facilitate inter-professional research collaborations.

Click here to view materials and videos from the 2014 OPIS Symposium "Partnerships for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research" held on March 26.


OPIS Faculty:


Bob Anderson, EdD

Professor, Department of Medical Education
Director, Behavioral, Clinical and Health Systems Research Core of the MDRTC
boba@umich.edu


 
 
Karen Farris, PhD
Charles R. Walgreen III Professor in Pharmacy Administration 
Professor of Social & Administrative Sciences
College of Pharmacy 

kfarris@umich.edu

 
 

Michael Klinkman, MD, MPS    
Professor, Department of Family Medicine
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry
mklinkma@umich.edu

 
 

Dean Smith, PhD    
Professor of Health Management and Policy and Senior Associate Dean, School of Public Health
deans@umich.edu

 
 

Don Vereen, MD, MPH
Director, Community-Based Public Health
dvereen@umich.edu

 
 

Marc Zimmerman, PhD    
Professor and Chair, Health Behavior & Health Education, School of Public Health
Professor, Psychology
Research Scientist, Center for Human Growth and Development
marcz@umich.edu

 
 

OPIS Staff:

 
 

Kanchan Lota, MPH, CQIA      
Assistant Managing Director
ksehgal@umich.edu
734.763.8886

 
 

Tricia Piechowski-Whitney, MPH, MSW, MA      
Community Engagement Coordinator
kwikwi@umich.edu
734.998.7632

 

Adam Paberzs, MPH
Community Engagement Liaison
adampabe@umich.edu
734.763.8880

 
 

Meghan Airgood, BS, CHES    
Community Outreach Coordinator
mairgood@umich.edu
734.998.7497

 

Kent Key, PhD, MPH, BBA
Flint Clinical Research Associate, MICHR
Executive Deputy Director, Community Based Organization Partners
kentk@umich.edu


 

Karen Calhoun, MA
Detroit Clinical Research Associate
Co-Facilitator, MICHR Community Engagement Coordinating Council
Karen@cityconnectdetroit.org

 
 

Cynthia Norton, BS      
Administrative Assistant
cynnorto@umich.edu
734.647.5638

 

Marie Watkins, BSN
Community Based Research Nurse
pmar@umich.edu
734.998.7350

 

For more information about MICHR's Outreach, Partnerships & Implementation Science (OPIS) program, please e-mail us at MICHR-OPIS@umich.edu.



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