The agreement between the community-based organization and the university/college often involves a memorandum of understanding, space in the community to provide the engagement, and a willingness for meaningful engagement.
Dr. Karon Phillips is a public health gerontologist working in the Washington, D.C. area working as a Scientific Reviewer (contractor) for the NIH Center for Scientific Review and as a community engagement consultant. She is also serving as an adjunct professor for both the University of Maryland-Baltimore County and the University of Maryland University College. Dr. Phillips has significant experience conducting and coordinating a variety of coalition building and programmatic activities to promote healthy aging. She has extensive training in community-based interventions for older adults. Her experience includes developing community-based partnerships and directing the implementation of programs and services focused on health promotion, including chronic disease self-management and falls prevention, across several senior affordable housing communities. Along with the addition of new programs and services, she has developed and led numerous research projects and multi-site needs assessments. Dr. Phillips completed her Master of Public Health (Health Policy and Management concentration) and her PhD in Aging Studies from the University of South Florida.