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Pathways to Cures:
Friday, May 4th, 2018
The Institute for Clinical and Translational Science is pleased to announce the 2018 Outstanding Community Researcher Awardee. These awards acknowledge two individuals' exemplary commitment to collaborative research partnerships comprised of campus researcher and community organization. One award is presented to a UCI faculty member who excels in demonstrating principles of engagement in building partnerships with community organizations and community members in order to accomplish effective community-engaged research (CEnR). The second award is presented to a community leader who shows commitment to incorporating principles of research and quality improvement in their efforts to address the health of the communities they serve.
Outstanding Community Leader Researcher Awardee: Jacqueline Tran, DrPH
Dr. Jacqueline Tran, DrPH (health policy & management), is an "incredible resource and advocate for the Orange County nonprofit community. She has served Orange County in innumerable ways over the last 20 years. Her understanding of public health, her rigorous methodology and process strengths, and her community leadership roles makes her a resource three-times over -- an advocate for the under-served, an expert in practical program design and community solutions, and an academic dedicated to fostering realistic measurement and evaluation in the sector." Since 1998, Dr. Tran has worked in the non-profit health industry in Orange County, including Vietnamese Community of OC (VNCOC); Share OurSelves; OC Healthcare Agency; OCAPICA; Community Director of the National Cancer Institute's Weaving an Islander Network for Cancer Awareness, Research, and Training Center (WINCART); with an expertise in Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR), disease control and prevention, health policy, nonprofit management, grant writing, program evaluation, capacity building, and more. Jacqueline also serves as a Subject Matter Expert for The Research & Evaluation Team with Special Service for Groups Research and Evaluation Team [SSG R&E]), whose mission is to build community capacity through services and trainings that are tailored to be responsive to local histories, cultures, and political contexts. They specialize in participatory action research, evaluation for social impact, and technical assistance/capacity building for community based organizations that share her commitment to social justice and equity. Her colleagues describe her as: "an intelligent, hard-working, and dependable professional who is dedicated to her work and the overall betterment of her community. She is an absolute pleasure to work alongside with her strong technical skillsets yet humble, team-player attitude." "Jacqueline is a dedicated and compassionate community advocate and health care leader. Her commitment to addressing the behavioral and public health needs of underserved and often marginalized communities are demonstrated in her stellar body work with the Orange County Asian Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA). She is a gem to have on a team and an even more important asset as a team leader." "She has spent a considerable amount of time helping Komen for the Cure to relevantly reach multicultural communities with breast health education. I have seen many examples of her talent and have long been impressed by her diligence, work ethic and dedication to the community."
Outstanding Academic Community Researcher Award: Margaret Schneider, PhD
Dr. Schneider's research focuses on multi-factorial models of health behavior, with a primary focus on physical activity among adolescents. She is interested in moving beyond simple psychosocial models of health behavior to incorporate both physiological and environmental factors that may interact with psychosocial variables to shape behavior. Recent areas of investigation include the role of personality and frontal cortical brain asymmetry as factors that influence the affective response to exercise and the association between affective response to exercise and physical activity participation among adolescents. From 2000-2009, Dr. Schneider successfully implemented two back-to-back NIH funded RO1s at El Toro High School in Lake Forest and Laguna Hills High School in Laguna Hills where she developed close working partnerships with both Physical Education staff and school administration. The complexity of data collection procedures, both at the school site and at UCI's General Clinical Research Center (GCRC) in Orange required coordination on multiple levels with multiple partners: School staff, administration, GCRC personnel and parents. With Dr. Schneider's outstanding oversight and with the full support of her partners, both data collection and intervention implementation at these locations occurred seamlessly. It was not uncommon for younger siblings of past research participants to specifically seek out information about how to participate in the study once they entered high school. Additionally, participant retention in these five year studies was over 90%, indicating a strong commitment to the study goals by parents and research participants themselves.
Currently, Dr. Schneider has a strong and long-standing research relationship with Marshall Academy of the Arts Middle School in Long Beach, where she recently completed another NIH-funded 5-year intervention study examining the role of affect in adolescent physical activity participation. She and her research team have gracefully navigated policy challenges that arise with changes in school and district administrators to continue the productive and important research they have been able to accomplish. In addition, Dr. Schneider has fostered and maintained personal relationships with the physical education teachers and have always included their input prior to introducing a study to administrators. She recognizes that a study can only be accomplished with the help of all partners at different levels. Testimonial from one of her former Clinical Research Coordinators: "Working with Dr. Schneider has been an informative and incredible experience. I met her through a public health class and she was the first person to introduce me to community-based research. She taught me and everyone involved in her lab the importance of this type of research, particularly in middle-schoolers, and the meaningful impact it could have on a child's life. With her most recent study focusing on affective response to exercise, I have seen first-hand how her research has created a positive influence in almost all aspects of a child's life. Due to her guidance and mentorship, I began a job in community-based research but intend to make it a career."
Join us in celebrating Drs. Tran and Schneider!
The 10th Annual ICTS Awards Dinner
Friday, May 4, 2018