Partnership Development

BUILDING AN ACADEMIC-COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP WITH EQUAL PARTICIPATION AMONG PATIENTS, PROVIDERS, RESEARCHERS, AND COMMUNITY STAKEHOLDERS

The Multidisciplinary Academic-Community Obesity Disparities Research (MACOD-R) Partnership was established in February 2014 as a part of a grant titled Multidisciplinary Academic-Community Symposium Series to Build an Obesity Disparities Research Infrastructure and Agenda (Principal Investigators: Dr. Carolyn M. Tucker, Dr. David Janicke, Dr. Daniel Wilson, and Dr. David Wood). The purpose of the grant—which was funded by a grant mechanism developed by UF Health and the UF Clinical and Translational Research Institute—was to (1) plan and conduct a community-engaged obesity disparities symposium series; (2) synthesize the symposia proceedings into an Obesity Disparities Research Agenda for Florida; (3) develop a sustainable University of Florida dual-site (Gainesville and Jacksonville) community research partnership and infrastructure; and (4) establish the University of Florida – Community Obesity and Obesity Disparities Research and Intervention (ODRI) Center. The MACOD-R Partnership—which includes a total of 50 culturally diverse patients, providers, researchers, and community stakeholders—was established to carry out the abovementioned activities.