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Know Your Level: Cultural Considerations

Wednesday, January 20 | 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM

Virtual Event

The Center for Community Health Partnership & Research’s lecture series, Know Your Level of Community Engagement, introduces research teams and community partners to the foundations of community-engaged research and practice. Each session addresses specific topics and strategies, including understanding the levels/types of community engagement, strategies and processes that promote community engagement, the need to match community engagement to research objectives, the development of partnerships, and working with the Institutional Review Board.

Join us for this session of Know Your Level of Community Engagement: Cultural Considerations. Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:

Identify steps and strategies needed to understand cultural attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors important to stakeholders Describe strategies and ways to create a welcoming environment for members of partnerships Provide examples of cultural humility and cultural competency needed to establish a lasting partnership Identify potential cultural barriers for connecting with partners.

This event will take place virtually via Zoom. Please register to receive your unique link to attend.

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations


Humanities & Society, Medicine & Health, Campus & Community



Institute for Public Health
Event Contact

Emily Hickner | ehickner@wustl.edu

Speaker Information

Lindsey Manshack
Research Manager for the Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies

Lindsey Manshack (Choctaw Apache Tribe of Ebarb) earned her bachelor’s in health sciences from the University of Missouri-Columbia and her Master of Public Health from Washington University’s Brown School.

Currently, she is a doctoral student at the University of North Dakota studying Indigenous Health, focusing on American Indian/Alaska Native cancer experiences. Lindsey serves as the Chair of the Missouri Area Board for the American Cancer Society and is a fellow for the Tribal Researcher’s Cancer Control Fellowship. At the Buder Center, Lindsey oversees the Indigenous Research Initiatives that Support and Engage Communities (IRISE) program and mentors students throughout their fellowship.

Shanti Parikh
Associate Director of African and African American Studies; Associate Professor of Sociocultural Anthropology and of African and African American Studies

Parikh is affiliated with the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Urban Studies and Policy; and the Institute for Public Health. Dr. Parikh’s research focuses on race, gender, sexuality, capitalism, and forms of violence. She is particularly interested in HIV and sexual health, with a focus on the politics of state and global interventions (such as public health, humanitarian aid, and legal reforms) that emerge to manage, protect, and mold populations.  Her primary research has been on various aspects of HIV in Uganda, but has also conducted research in the Caribbean and the U.S.  She has authored two books and numerous articles, and recently published a coproduced collection on Ferguson (@Ferguson: Still Here in the Afterlives of Black Death, Defiance, and Joy) with academics and local artists in Anthropology’s flagship journal American Ethnologist.

Parikh is currently writing an ethnography on black masculinity along the TransAfrica Highway. She has an on-going project on commercial sex and mobility in HIV hotspots in truck stops, fishing communities, and sugar growing regions in Uganda. She also is conducting two Covid-19 related projects — one on Black Allied Healthcare workers and affective labor as risk and the other on how Covid-19 has affected people’s engagement with HIV care in St. Louis and Brazil.

Diana C. Parra Perez
Research Assistant Professor at the Brown School

Diana received her Bachelor’s in Physical Therapy from Rosario University in Bogota, Colombia, in 2001. She emigrated to the U.S. in 2006 and received her master’s degree in Public Health from St. Louis University in 2008. She continued her education receiving a PhD in Social Work/Public Health from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis in 2013. In 2014, she completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Public Health Nutrition at Sao Paulo University School of Public Health after receiving a competitive grant from FAPESP, the São Paulo Research Foundation. From 2014 until June of 2020, she was Assistant Professor in the Tenure Track for the School of Medicine in the Physical Therapy Program obtaining various competitive grants to study the role of the built environment in physical activity and implementing community based programs for weight loss, particularly focused on minority populations.

After obtaining certification, Diana has been teaching yoga and mindfulness at non-profit organizations in St. Louis including LifeWise STL and the Oxygen Project. Her research focuses on the promotion of health and wellness through community-based programs for physical activity, nutrition, yoga, and mindfulness, geared towards marginalized, underrepresented, and oppressed minorities, particularly the Latinx immigrant population in the United States. She has significant experience mentoring students from underrepresented backgrounds.

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