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NCCIH Hot Topics Webinar: Engaging Diverse Communities in Complementary and Integrative Health Research

Date: April 27, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. ET to 2:00 p.m. ET


Event Description

The purpose of this Hot Topics Webinar, held as part of National Minority Health Month, is to highlight successful strategies and lessons learned by researchers and community partners in engaging diverse communities in complementary and integrative health research.

Complementary and integrative health approaches are increasingly used for preventing the onset of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders; promoting health and well-being; enhancing resilience; and managing symptoms, including pain. There is a need to continue to bolster investigations of how these approaches can be used to improve minority health and eliminate health disparities. To enhance the quality of this type of research, it is important to ensure that members of diverse populations are meaningfully engaged in the conceptualization, implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of studies that impact their health and well-being.

Invited speakers will share their experiences building community and academic partnerships in diverse communities and will then engage in a panel discussion of important considerations for conducting health disparities–focused research (e.g., social determinants of health, multilevel interventions, whole person health research).

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Watch the event:


Noon–12:15 p.m. | Welcome and Introductory Remarks

  • Helene M. Langevin, M.D., Director, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
  • Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D., Director, NCCIH Division of Extramural Research

12:15–12:50 p.m. | Engaging Diverse Communities in Complementary and Integrative Health Research 

  • Robert Saper, M.D., Chair, Department of Wellness and Preventive Medicine, Center for Integrative and Lifestyle Medicine, Cleveland Clinic 
  • Daheia Barr-Anderson, Ph.D., M.S.P.H., Associate Professor, School of Kinesiology, University of Minnesota 
  • Inger E. Burnett-Zeigler, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Psychology), Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University 
  • Marilyn Stern, Ph.D., Professor, Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Program, Department of Child and Family Studies, University of South Florida, and Maria Pinzón, M.A., Executive Director, Hispanic Services Council
  • Roni Evans, D.C., M.S., Ph.D., Director, Integrative Health and Wellbeing Research Program, and Associate Professor, Center for Spirituality and Healing, University of Minnesota, and Scott Peterson, Senior Director of Equity and Leadership Development, YMCA of the North

12:50–1:05 p.m. | Successful Strategies for Conducting Health Disparities Research: Perspectives and Priorities From Four National Institutes of Health Institutes, Centers, and Offices

  • Patricia Jones, Dr.P.H., M.P.H., M.S., Director, Office of Special Populations, National Institute on Aging (Topic: NIA Health Disparities Framework)
  • Jennifer Alvidrez, Ph.D., Program Director, Division of Scientific Programs, Clinical and Health Services Research, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (Topic: Community Partnerships)
  • Lanay M. Mudd, Ph.D., Program Director, Clinical Research in Complementary and Integrative Health Branch, Division of Extramural Research, NCCIH (Topic: mHealth)
  • Cheryl A. Boyce, Ph.D., Chief, Implementation Science Branch, Center for Translation Research and Implementation Science, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (Topic: Implementation Science)

1:05–1:30 p.m. | Panel Discussion

  • Anita McRae-Williams, M.A., Outreach Communications Program Manager, Division of Extramural Research, NCCIH

1:30–1:55 p.m.Open Questions and Answers

1:55–2:00 p.m. | Wrap-Up and Closing Remarks

  • Della White, Ph.D., Program Director, Clinical Research in Complementary and Integrative Health Branch, Division of Extramural Research, NCCIH 

Individuals who need reasonable accommodation to participate should contact or the Federal Relay, 1-800-877-8339, by Tuesday, April 20.