2021Saunders-watkins virtual workshop. building trust in "community engaged" research

2021 Saunders-Watkins Virtual Workshop – Building Trust in “Community-Engaged” Research

Virtual Zoom Workshop - 11:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. EST


This year’s Saunders-Watkins workshop brought together researchers, health care providers, community partners, and federal, state, and local government officials and other stakeholders to discuss the current evidence and future research and practice needs to build trust in community-engaged research to tackle health inequities, including those revealed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Trust is critical in biomedical research, especially clinical trial recruitment of minority populations. A trusted and transparent process will enhance the overall design, conduct, and oversight of clinical research/trials and eventually benefit all populations. Meanwhile, misinformation, ineffective communication, unconscious bias, and limited community engagement may contribute to mistrust.

On December 6, 2021,  NHLBI held a virtual workshop to enhance the importance of truthfulness, transparency, and trustworthiness in biomedical research and identify gaps to establish trusted partnerships in community-based participatory research. The 2021 Saunders-Watkins Virtual Workshop: Building Trust in "Community-Engaged" Research was free, open to the public, and was recorded.

Workshop Recording:

Contact Rashawn Jones at to access the recording.



For programmatic questions, contact Dr. Xinzhi Zhang at For logistical questions, contact Rashawn Jones at