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GHUCCTS participates in Mayor Muriel Bowser’s 8th Annual Senior Symposium

July 17, 2019

This blog was written by Brittany Wilkerson, Research Assistant at MedStar Health Research Institute.

Mayor Muriel Bowser’s 8th Annual Senior Symposium - As a new member of MHRI’s community outreach team for the Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Transitional Science (GHUCCTS), we had the opportunity to join over 70 exhibitors and educational workshops at DC Mayor Muriel Bowser’s 8th Annual Senior Symposium on Wednesday June 19, 2019. This event included workshops in healthcare, legislation, elder justice, fall prevention, arts in aging, nutrition, government resources access and more. The occasion aimed to connect community leaders and institutions with the senior population, to inform them about resources that are available to them, and to celebrate the countless and diverse contributions to society made by seniors in our community – providing live entertainment, speakers, participatory exercise and dancing, and food. We were there to share various research opportunities across the system and the GHUCCTS consortium.

MHRI collaborates with GHUCCTS, whose mission is to promote and support collaborative research that strives to more effectively translate new scientific discoveries into improvements in health care, particularly for underserved populations in our communities. This event presented a great opportunity to exhibit MHRI and GHUCCTS’s ongoing and future research studies in which the senior population can participate and which are designed to contribute to addressing a range of senior health issues. The outreach team, led by MHRI recruitment coordinator, Tonya Bishop and Georgetown University Associate Professor Irene Jillson, PhD, who is the GHUCCTS Participant Advisory Board Liaison, engaged with community members and also networked with other organizational members. The symposium contributed importantly to GHUCCTS’s research recruitment and community engagement efforts.