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Investigator Series - Conversation: our greatest tool to align minds is a Course

Investigator Series - Conversation: our greatest tool to align minds

Ended Nov 16, 2022
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Term: Fall 2022

Date: November 16th, 2022

Time: 12:30pm - 2:30pm

Location: Online Only

Instructor: Kory Trott,  Dr. Amy L. Sandul, & Dr. Leonard W. Ortmann

Presented By: Scholarly Integrity and Research Compliance (SIRC) & Centers for Disease Control and Prevention



Community disagreement reflects a common challenge in translating scientific evidence into public health practice.  Because community members conceptualize and think about issues on the basis of personal beliefs and values that lie outside the domain of science, community discourse about those issues and common values has become increasingly polarized and dysfunctional.  Brokered Dialogue, as a method for community engagement, allows public discourse and discussion around issues that may be viewed as controversial, in a safe, empathic space lowering the potential for disruptive escalation or aggressive, confrontational behavior.  This community engagement technique using digital video could be done with smartphones and used to address any number of topics such as vaccine hesitancy, immigration, or election security. Our videos will demonstrate the use of this technique to broker discussion around the establishment of a syringe service program in a neighborhood.


o        Dr. Amy L. Sandul is the Associate Director for Science in the Division of Viral Hepatitis, in the National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Dr. Sandul served as chair of one of CDC’s institutional review boards (IRBs) for 10 years; she possesses a Master of Public Health degree from Emory University and a Doctorate in Health Science from A.T. Still University of Health Sciences and School of Osteopathic Medicine. 

o        Dr. Leonard W. Ortmann is Senior Ethics Consultant in the Office of Scientific Integrity within the Office of Science at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Ortmann offers ethics training and consults for CDC staff and has co-authored several training resources in public health ethics. Before coming to CDC, he was Senior Associate for Programs at Tuskegee University National Center for Bioethics. His BA and PhD in philosophy are from Yale and the Pennsylvania State University, respectively.