COLLABORATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD NOMINEES

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Jeanette Harder exemplifies all of the characteristics of an active supporter of community research. She has dedicated her career to serving the community by the creation of the Support and Training for the Evaluation of Programs (STEPs), whose mission is to promote evidence-informed decision making in community groups. Dr. Harder has formed more than 30 unique community partnerships through her STEPs program. Most of these non-profit organizations, her work helps these community group to improve services and programs they offer. ​ Read More

Ellen Duysen has been an avid agricultural community collaborator in her role as a Community Outreach Specialist for the Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (CS-CASH) project. She has served this project, funded by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), since its inception in 2011. She has personally authored multiple journal articles and has mentored community researchers in publishing and presenting their projects. She works with pilot project investigators so they can influence their communities in the areas of Ag safety and health. Read More

When it comes to community quarterback, Ryan Spohn has served this role with some of whom society would consider unlovable groups. Restrictive housing, delinquency, perpetration and victimization in correctional facilities, sexual assault and child maltreatment are some of the societal health challenges Dr. Spohn has tackled with his team. As the Director of the Nebraska Center for Justice Research, he leads the work with state and local community groups including Project Safe Neighborhoods, Nebraska Connected for Youth, Douglas County, and the Nebraska Crime Commission. Read More

Deb Meyer has worked in the UNMC Research Subject Advocate Office for nearly a decade, currently serving as the UNMC Research Subject Advocate (RSA). Deb works tirelessly and enthusiastically to assist clinical and translational researchers in developing protocols that minimize research subject risk, reviews all research protocols submitted to the Center for Clinical and Translational Research requesting research support to identify any research subject safety concerns, and works closely with and extends the role of the IRB in assuring the safety of research subjects at UNMC through community outreach programs. Read More

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