The LA CaTS Center Community Engagement and Outreach Team held a Community-Engaged Symposium on June 8th in Baton Rouge with the focus on building health equity and community-engaged research. Baton Rouge Mayor Sharon Westin Broome attended and presented a proclamation affirming the commitment to eradicate health disparities in our area.

The event coordinator was Dr. Jennifer Caldwell from Pennington Biomedical Research Center and her team, It was well attended by various community members and researchers around the state. The symposium was centered around how community engagement works, understanding the dynamics that impact community engaged research, and listening to perspectives from the scientists and participants. A culturally conscious lunch was catered by Chef Celeste.

The LA CaTS Community-Engaged Symposiums are planned as a annual event in various locations around the state. Questions regarding this event can be sent to the LA CaTS Community Engagement & Outreach Team at

A special thank you to the speakers, the LA CaTS Community Advisory Boards, and the facility staff at Pennington Biomedical for their efforts in the meeting logistics and planning.