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July 2023

iTHRIV Research Day at Inova 

iTHRIV at Inova hosted the 2nd annual Research Day on May 15, 2023.  The event opened with introductions from Dr. Jeanny Aragon-Ching, iTHRIV site lead at Inova, and showcased research leaders from each of Inova’s service lines.  Keynote Speaker Dr. Randy Jones, Associate Dean for Partner Development and Engagement, University of Virginia School of Nursing, and Assistant Director for Community Outreach and Engagement at the University of Virginia Comprehensive Cancer Center, discussed overcoming barriers and increasing diversity in clinical trial recruitment, one of the key themes of this year’s Research Day.  This was followed by research highlights and equity discussions from the service lines including the Inova Schar Cancer Center service line, Women’s Service line, Inova Heart and Vascular Institute, Musculoskeletal service line, Psychiatry, Professional Nursing, Surgery, Pediatrics, Neurosciences, Primary Care and Medicine.  

iTHRIV Team Member Kristin Miller shares research resources

During the midday session, numerous research posters and abstracts were shared, while on-site participants were encouraged to network and visit a variety of informational booths. A mini Community Studio was held during lunch hour where participants were able to share insights into diverse, equitable, and inclusive research. The Research Day also highlighted resources for the research community including a comprehensive overview of the iTHRIV Commons, Informatics, and the iTHRIV Community Core and Health Equity team, as well as an introduction to Inova’s community commitment by Leigh Guarinello, MPH.

There were over 100 attendees both in-person and virtual, and when asked if the content was useful they gave the event a 4.4 out of 5, marking another year of success for the Inova iTHRIV Research Day!

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