The New Jersey Alliance for Clinical and Translational Science (NJ ACTS) Community Engagement Core held a launch event earlier this month, at which members of academia and industry participated in a day-long program to promote health-related research and network. Led by Shawna Hudson, PhD, professor of family medicine and community health and chief of the department’s research division, the kick-off event featured leading researchers in community health and social determinants of health, as well as multiple panel discussions on the impact research can have to improve population health and health equity. The event also provided interactive opportunities for attendees to obtain feedback from peer and community stakeholders, and to network with potential research partners.

A recording of the program can be found here.

Pictured from left to right are: keynote speakers Geoffrey Curran, PhD, and Melissa Simon, MD; Shawna Hudson, PhD; XinQi Dong, MD, MPH, director, Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, Henry Rutgers Distinguished Professor of Population Health Sciences and professor of medicine at the medical school, who gave opening remarks; and Alfred F. Tallia, MD, MPH, professor and chair of Family Medicine and Community Health, who moderated a panel at the event.