• “Translation of Research and Science” by Patricia Terstenyak

    There I was in a room full of researchers, physicians, scientists, patient advocates and non-clinical staff (like me).  Just by looking around I could not tell who was who, however, when the presentations began, some of the attendees had blank expressions on their faces while others were busily writing pertinent details. During this “Open Drug […]

  • “What Can Be Done About Poverty?” by Kim Juhas (click title to comment)

         During the month of May, the Cleveland Leadership Center hosted a four part Civic Engagement Boot Camp series designed to highlight the issues that those living in poverty face, and some of the current programs in the city helping to alleviate some of the effects of poverty.  Thanks to  scholarships from the Center for […]

  • “Defining a Community Member” by Patricia Terstenyak

    Are you looking for input from community members to make your program better?  Do you want to include community members so you can be inclusive?  These questions are frequently revered as good program planning questions.  However, how your organization defines community members will make the largest impact. In the Community Research Scholars Initiative, this topic […]

  • “What is the Impact of a Blog?” by Kim Juhas

               In the CRSI program, we learn a wide range of subject matter relating to community research, and dissemination of information through blogs and other resources is one of the topics on which we spent some time.  We visited the Civic Commons, Med City News, and the Plain Dealer, and thoroughly […]

  • “Assessing the Needs of the LGBT Community in Cuyahoga County” by Kim Juhas

            I was recently assigned the tasks of presenting on the health disparities that Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered (LGBT) people face, and researching disparities in behavioral health services in Cuyahoga County.   According to the Minority Health and Health Disparities Education Act (2000), [a] population is a health disparity population if there […]

  • “Science and Responsibility” by Julie Merker

    Beginning in the late 1800s, it was a common belief that “night doctors” would snatch poor black people off the streets of Baltimore and conduct experiments on them. Is there any truth to this myth? Even if people were not being actually abducted, it’s quite clear that scientists have conducted experiments on unwitting vulnerable populations […]

  • “Before Standards were Standards” by Patricia Terstenyak

                Henrietta Lacks was an African-American woman diagnosed with cervical cancer in 1951. Her story is told in the book, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot. The reader is confronted with many ethical situations that surround Henrietta and HeLa, the cells that made her famous. She endured many medical appointments and tests; […]

  • “Losing Trust/Regaining Trust” by Kim Juhas

    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks tells the story of a poor young African American woman named Henrietta Lacks, whose tumor in her cervix was removed, unknown to her and her family, and used to create the first cell culture able to survive and divide outside of the human body.  This cell culture gave scientists […]