Miyong T. Kim, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dr. Kim is the director of the TCRSS Community Engagement & Translation Core. Dr. Kim has extensive research expertise and experience in self-management science, and she is experienced in the administration of research centers. As Associate Vice President of Community Health Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin, she has made it a priority to systematically facilitate interdepartmental collaborations among researchers to focus on improving health outcomes, including effective and sustainable self-care strategies for people with chronic conditions.
Alexandra García, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dr. García is the co-director of the TCRSS Community Engagement & Translation Core. Her research focuses on the symptom experience of Mexican Americans with type 2 diabetes and the exploration of social, cultural, and economic influences on health promotion practices, diabetes self-management, and quality of life. Dr. Garcia received her Diploma in Registered Nursing from The Union Memorial Hospital School of Nursing; her Bachelor’s of Science from The College of Notre Dame of Maryland, and her Master’s of Science from The University of Maryland at Baltimore. She earned her PhD in nursing from The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing.
Octavio N. Martinez, Jr., MD, MPH
Dr. Martinez is the co-director of the TCRSS Community Engagement & Translation Core. He currently serves on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s, Health and Medicine Division’s (HMD’s) Standing Committee on Medical and Public Health Research during Large-Scale Emergency Events and on HMD’s Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity and the Elimination of Health Disparities.
Description of Core
The goals of the Community Engagement & Translation Core (CETC) are to further guide and support investigators in developing the knowledge and skills needed to create innovative self-management strategies for (1) addressing barriers to the implementation and dissemination of effective self-management interventions, (2) facilitating communication with specific audiences by using effective social marketing techniques to improve the likelihood that interventions will be perceived as understandable, feasible, acceptable, and relevant.
- Formulate a knowledge translation plan
- Develop effective communication strategies targeting different audiences
- Engage stakeholders for facilitating dissemination
- Establishing long-term relationship with community partners
- Provide guidance to faculty investigators on processes essential to the translation of self-management science.
- Provide support for developing appropriate social marketing strategies to facilitate dissemination of research findings to consumers.
- Create a Community Advisory Board to provide guidance to investigators regarding the potential of their projects for dissemination on a wide scale.
- Create a stable mechanism to facilitate collaborative working relationship with UT researchers and community partners, providing regular discussion forums.