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Creating a stakeholder engagement plan: Perspectives Learned from the USDeN

March 14, 2023 at 2PM ET | 11AM PT

Presenter(s):  Drs. Nicole Brandt, Catherine Sarkisian, and Ms. Carmen Reyes 

Description: Hear first-hand from the USDeN Stakeholder Engagement Core Leaders on strategies for creating a successful stakeholder engagement plan for your next proposal.  Topics covered will include: What is a stakeholder?  How do I decide which stakeholders to invite to my team?  What might their role be?  What are common pitfalls and how do I avoid them? 

Dr. Brandt UMB School of Pharmacy Director, Clinical and Educational Programs of Peter Lamy Center Drug Therapy and Aging Dr. Brandt completed her PharmD in 1997 and geriatrics residency training in 1998 from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. Since joining the University of Maryland, School of Pharmacy in 1999, she has expanded geriatric training opportunities (e.g. geriatrics pathway, accredited geriatrics residency, co-investigator on geriatric education consortium). In addition, she has worked on various interdisciplinary teams through numerous practice settings and currently provides clinical services at a continuing care retirement community as well as the Baltimore Veterans Affairs. Her passion is promoting optimal care for older adults and has affected this through her educational, clinical as well as healthcare policy work.

Dr. Sarkisian is a geriatrician and Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research, and a Staff Physician at the Greater Los Angeles VA Healthcare System Geriatric Research Education & Clinical Center (GRECC). She is an NIH-funded research scientist who has committed her career to improving quality of life among vulnerable older adults. Most of her work has focused on implementing and evaluating academic-community partnered interventions and/or more recently, academic-health-system partnered pragmatic trials. These interventions range from community-based theoretically grounded behavioral interventions to increase physical activity among minority older adults, to health-system level programs to reduce low value and potentially harmful care. Her recent research has been published in high impact journals including New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA and JAMA Internal Medicine.

Carmen Reyes is the UCLA Value-Based Care Research Consortium (VBCRC) Community Outreach Director. With over 4 decades of experience working with the aging services network, she is a policy advocate and community-based researcher with an extensive track record of community coalition-building to influence policy and pragmatic real-world programs. Ms. Reyes currently serves as Community Outreach Director for the UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute Special Populations Program, NIA-funded Community Liaison Core of the Resource Center for Minority Aging Research/Center, and the Stakeholder Engagement Core of the NIA-funded U.S Deprescribing Research Network (USDeN). She recruits and maintains the UCLA VBCRC’s Community Action Board, a team of diverse community stakeholders who have a successful track record partnering with research teams.


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