The UAMS Translational Research Institute (TRI) this month kicked off its Community Partners Educated as Arkansas Research Leaders (CPEARL) class. The inaugural class includes 12 devoted community leaders.
They are, back row: Meredith Flowers (Leaping Beyond), Demetrius Kelly (Better Community Development, Inc.), Willie Wade (Difference Makers of Hot Springs); front row: Manny Sepulveda (Arkansas Hispanic Health Coalition), Kanesha Barnes-Adams (AR Prostate Cancer Foundation), Jessica Suitor-Burnham (Our House), Esther Dixon (Difference Makers of Hot Springs), Holly Taylor (Better Community Development, Inc.)
*Not pictured: Our House team members: Maureen Martin, Ruthie Hokans, Claire Barton; AR Prostate Cancer Foundation team member Cara Clements.
The 6-week course CPEARL program targets leaders and emerging leaders within community-based organizations (CBOs) located in Arkansas. The program is designed to enhance research partnership and program development competencies within CBOs. The CBOs will receive up to $2,500 in seed funding to implement a real-world project. Academic, practice, and community experts will provide interactive didactic learning sessions during the 6-week intensive. Each team will also have a UAMS researcher assigned to mentor them throughout the year and the opportunity for one-on-one community consultations.