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  • Beyond the Manuscript: A Vision for “Ethics and Community Collaborations”
  • Ann-Gel Palermo, DrPH, MPH, Hal Strelnick, MD, and Emily E. Anderson, PhD, MPH

Welcome to Progress in Community Health Partnerships’ latest episode of our Beyond the Manuscript podcast. In each volume of the Journal, the editors select one article for our Beyond the Manuscript post-study interview with the authors. Beyond the Manuscript provides the authors the opportunity to tell listeners what they would want to know about the project beyond what went into the final manuscript.

In this episode of Beyond the Manuscript, co-editors-in-chief Ann-Gel Palermo and Hal Strelnick interview Emily Anderson, the journal’s new associate editor for ethics and author of “A Vision for Ethics and Community Collaborations.”

Beyond the Manuscript.

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Ann-Gel Palermo:

Good morning. My name is Ann-Gel Palermo. I’m the co-editor-in-chief of our journal, Progress in Community Health Partnerships, and I am the Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at the Icahn School of Medicine of Mount Sinai in New York City.

Hal Strelnick:

And I’m Hal Strelnick, co-editor-in-chief of the journal, and Associate Dean for Community Engagement at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx. And I’m going to ask Emily Anderson, our new associate editor for our new section on ethics and community collaboration, to introduce herself.

Emily Anderson:

Hi, everyone. Thanks for having me today. I’m Emily Anderson. I’m an associate professor of bioethics at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. I teach in our online bioethics programs. I also teach medical students and graduate biomedical science students. I focus on all things research ethics, but community-engaged research and community collaborations have always been really near and dear to my heart because that’s the kind of research that I started out doing when I first started my career in public health. So I’m really excited to be part of your journal.

Hal Strelnick:

Emily, there’s an editorial in this issue of the journal where you lay out what you envision for the new section on ethics and community collaboration. I wonder if you would describe that for us.

Emily Anderson:

Yeah, so thanks. When you invited me to take on the job of being the editor of this new section, I thought I would start by doing a pretty deep dive into what you all had published in the journal before. I’ve been a longtime reader since this journal came out, and have published in it myself, but it was fun to just sort of virtually flip through the table of contents and see the different articles that had been published and get a sense of where there was a good deal of focus and where there were some gaps. And it was interesting to see there was a lot of attention to issues like training community partners in human subjects protection, and a lot of focus also on what can be done to support meaningful and equitable collaboration. So those were two areas where there was a lot that I saw, and that was really great. [End Page 277]

Other areas where a lot had been published was equitable compensation and sharing of credit, and then also community-based research review processes. So I start my editorial by sort of looking back and seeing what has been in the journal, and then looking forward to what could be included, and really just try to stimulate new submissions around ethics of community collaborations, and not just in research but in collaborations more broadly in terms of wider initiatives to improve public health. I think the main gap that I would like to see addressed in new submissions would be hearing more from community partner voices about how they view some of the ethical challenges of collaboration. So I think if I had one thing I wanted to really emphasize, it would...