On Saturday, November 7th, 20 community and academic partners participated in the CHARA Community Research retreat held at Water’s Edge in The Dalles.
Partners reflected on the benefits of the retreat:
“…it was a very safe and inviting space to learn and ask questions that can lead to collaborative partnership”
“Great people, great atmosphere, great authentic vibe”
“Rarely is it worth giving up a Saturday for a work event - this was an exception”
“I don't know what was on your list of 30 rules [for collaboration], but I bet that we followed them all. That's what true collaboration looks like. A friend of mine was in [the area] for a [another] research conference. We shared stories of our day and we both agreed that mine won hands down. It really changed my outlook in ways I didn't expect. Thank you for including me.”
The partners met to discuss personal interests, learn about CHARA’s history and mission, reflect on what makes academic-community partnerships work, and to engage in preliminary discussion regarding research collaborations focused on three broad areas of community interest:
Moving forward CHARA will focus on:
Notes from the CHARA retreat are available below.
We appreciate those who were able to attend, share, and contribute to the discussion to make this such a rich experience. We will reach out to individuals regarding specific next steps.
Melinda Davis, PhD and Kristin Dillon, MD (CHARA co-leads)