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2016 Outstanding Academic Community Research Award

The Institute for Clinical and Translational Science is pleased to announce the 2016 Outstanding Academic Community Research Award Recipient. This award acknowledges UCI faculty, staff, or students that excel in demonstrating principles of engagement in building partnerships with community organizations and community members in order to accomplish effective community-engaged research (CEnR), and who exemplify CEnR values in developing their professional research agenda.

Dr. Frank Zaldivar

Dr. Frank Zaldivar, PhD, has served as director of the ICTS Bioassay Core for the past 8 years and Special Populations Integration Leader for the ICTS Community Engagement Unit since 2014, in addition to securing 10 years of NIH funding for Genomic and Inflammatory Mediator Laboratory activities at UCI. Dr. Zaldivar exemplifies community-engaged research through his participatory action partnership with the Madison Park Neighborhood Association (MPNA) in Santa Ana. He helped broker a civic center agreement between MPNA and the local school district to use facilities at James Madison Elementary School for after school and weekend healthy activities and science education programming.

In 2012, Dr. Frank Zaldivar launched The Getting Residents Engaged in Exercise and Nutrition (GREEN) project in collaboration with key Santa Ana school and city institutions and UCI's Pediatric Exercise Research Center PRIME-LC-medical students. Dr. Zaldivar and colleagues developed programming for Project GREEN, which promotes healthy habits, provides tutoring for youth, hosts a weekly science camp, facilitates exercise groups for families, and sponsors diabetes education workshops with the American Diabetes Association.

A community-based participatory research study completed in 2013 found that Hispanic mothers, who are key community stakeholders, could create and promote healthy habits using a school setting that provides a safe environment. This outcome was evidenced by prolonged and expanding participation in physical health activities, increased use of school property for physical activity, improved ability for parents to read food labels, and improved knowledge about nutrition. Since 2002, Dr. Zaldivar has invested extensive personal and professional resources in order to foster the foundation of trust necessary for continual community participation in directing the development of Project GREEN. In 2016, the 14th annual Walk-a-Thon will kick off Project GREEN for the 2016-2017 school year.


Join us in celebrating Dr. Zaldivar!
Register now for the Awards Dinner to be held on June 3; space is limited

The 8th Annual ICTS Awards Dinner
"People Who Make a Difference in Human Health"

UCI Student Center Pacific Ballroom
Cocktail Reception.....................5:00 - 6:00 PM
Awards Dinner...........................6:00 - 8:00 PM

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