Translational Health Research Center

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Founded in 2016, the Translational Health Research Center at Texas State University advances and shares research to foster healthy and resilient people and places.

Learn more about THRC: www.healthresearch.txst.edu

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    The Pottsboro Library Community Collaboration Process: A Case Study Adapting COPEWELL for Community Resiliency in Pottsboro, Texas
    (Translational Health Research Center, 2023-11-08) Eger, Elizabeth K.; Long, Rex; Tonciu, Anca
    This Translational Health Research Center (THRC) case study report details the experiences and outcomes of a group of community stakeholders in Pottsboro, TX, that participated in a pilot project involving rural libraries and librarians as conveners for community resiliency. The Library Director of the Pottsboro Library participated as a community partner and assisted in convening the stakeholder cohort to represent a diverse range of community voices and experiences to discuss community resiliency. Through connecting collaboration techniques from Communication Studies and an adaptation of the COPEWELL (Composite of Post-Event Wellbeing) framework, stakeholders identified key community challenges and began to identify feasible action items to address them. This process identified six central resiliency challenges: (1) transportation, (2) healthcare, (3) affordable housing, (4) broadband, (5) workforce, and (6) disaster events, and the interconnections of each. As a collective, stakeholders identified starting action items as: (1) reconvening the collaboration group for new, sustained meetings, (2) improving communication with residents through new approaches about the city, community, and library’s needs and services, (3) prioritizing and working together on grant and governmental funding initiatives for the library and Pottsboro’s community resiliency, and (4) creating and sustaining multiple collaborations for addressing resiliency and identified community functioning needs. This THRC case study is a companion report to the case study for Gladewater, TX, and is an extension of the THRC pilot process report.
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    The Lee-Bardwell Public Library Community Collaboration Process: A Case Study Adapting COPEWELL for Community Resiliency in Gladewater, Texas
    (Translational Health Research Center, 2023-12-01) Long, Rex; Eger, Elizabeth K.; Tonciu, Anca
    This Translational Health Research Center (THRC) case study report details the experiences and outcomes of a group of community stakeholders in Gladewater, TX that participated in a pilot project involving rural libraries and librarians as conveners for community resiliency. The Library Director of the Lee-Bardwell Public Library participated as a community partner and assisted in convening the stakeholder cohort to represent a diverse range of community voices and experiences to discuss community resiliency. Through connecting collaboration techniques from Communication Studies and an adaptation of the COPEWELL (Composite of Post-Event Wellbeing) framework, stakeholders identified key community challenges and began to identify feasible action items to address them. This process identified two significant challenges: (1) the gap in communicating emergency management plans between the city and residents, and (2) the need to better orient residents to participate in disaster response alongside official response efforts. As a collective, stakeholders identified starting action items as: (1) diversifying modes of communication, (2) formalizing youth outreach regarding disaster preparedness, (3) pursue grant funding for needed repairs/infrastructure needs, (4) identify funding to staff an emergency-management liaison position, and (5) formalize the stakeholder cohort into an official Emergency Management Committee. This THRC case study is a companion report to the case study for Pottsboro, TX, and is an extension of the THRC pilot process report.
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    Librarians as Conveners to Build Community Resiliency in Rural Texas: A Pilot Project Translating the COPEWELL Framework Through Community Collaboration
    (Translational Heath Research Center, 2023-11-03) Eger, Elizabeth K.; Long, Rex; Tonciu, Anca; Villagran, Melinda; Schneider, Jessica; Treviño, Britney
    This Translational Health Research Center report details a pilot project involving rural libraries and librarians as conveners for community resiliency through our adaptation of the COPEWELL (Composite of Post-Event Wellbeing) framework. COPEWELL is an evidence-based model for resiliency planning that was developed by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. The pilot project positioned librarians as local leaders to help identify and convene community members for two focus groups and subsequent exit interviews that would initiate resiliency planning in two rural areas of Texas. Our pilot sites were the Lee-Bardwell Public Library in Gladewater, Texas, and the Pottsboro Library, in Pottsboro, TX. Our project resulted in three significant outcomes, including (1) adapting the COPEWELL framework in a rural Texas context through community collaboration, (2) creating two descriptive case studies of librarians as community conveners, and (3) developing best practices and tips for future librarians to create community collaborations implementing COPEWELL in their areas. This report details our project design, adaptation of COPEWELL, and provides a roadmap for other librarians or community conveners to engage in similar community resiliency building activities and collaborations in their local area.
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    A Holistic Approach to Health, Immunity, and Post COVID-19 Rehabilitation: The Role of Nutrition
    (2022-11-27) Zhu, Jie
    This presentation shares research being conducted to build community resilience by addressing nutritional and health related challenges of first responders and others in the community. This presentation offers insight on the evidence-based association of essential nutrients status with risk of COVID-19 as well as nutritional challenges and post COVID-19 rehabilitation currently being addressed through this research. The talk provides insight into unique ways that interdisciplinary collaboration can be fostered to improve community resilience for optimal health.
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    A Holistic Approach to Health, Immunity, and Post COVID-19 Rehabilitation
    (2022-11-09) McAllister, Matthew
    This presentation shares research being conducted to build community resilience by addressing nutritional and health related challenges of first responders and others in the community. This presentation discusses the work currently being conducted focusing on improving cardiometabolic health and performance among firefighters. The talk provides insight into unique ways that interdisciplinary collaboration can be fostered to improve community resilience for optimal health.
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    Community Network Building Through Research
    (2023-04-05) Villagran, Melinda; Daspit, Joshua J.
    At the April 5, 2023 meeting of the Health+Resilience Research Network, Dr. Josh Daspit and Dr. Melinda Villagran shared their experiences building community networks through research. Dr. Villagran discussed how the Translational Health Research Center is implementing the COPEWELL framework in Texas libraries to foster community resilience while building a network of librarians to engage in future research. Dr. Daspit introduced the partnership between SCALEUP and THRC and how it evolved into the GRIT (Great Resilience in Texas) Awards, which aim to recognize the resilience shown by small businesses in Texas and to foster a network of small businesses. Both examples demonstrate how research opportunities can help develop community networks, which, in turn, can help develop new research opportunities.
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    Leveraging the Copewell Framework to Foster Community Resilience and Research Networks
    (Translational Health Research Center, 2023-04) Schneider, Jessica; Long, Rex; Trevino, Britney; Repasky, Emily C.
    The Translational Health Research Center (THRC) engages in dissemination and implementation strategies to accelerate the translation of research to improve resilience in Texas communities. Developed by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, the Composite of Post Event Well-Being (COPEWELL) model fosters local resilience through an evidence-based suite of tools and whole-of-community approach. This report summarizes our efforts to extend awareness and application of the COPEWELL model in Texas. In Fall 2022, THRC partnered with the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security to host a two-day virtual town hall to introduce COPEWELL to a Texas audience, including local governments, emergency management divisions, non-profits, and public libraries. Through our dissemination efforts, we identified the Texas State Library and Archives Commission as a partner for COPEWELL implementation. As of Spring 2023, implementation is ongoing with pilot studies launched in two Texas communities and plans to extend the project to additional communities in Texas. The project has also afforded applied research opportunities for faculty, doctoral, and graduate students at Texas State University. Through these research and community-based partnerships, THRC has laid a foundation to improve community resilience in Texas.