COLLAB Workshop


Engaging Community and Clinical Partners in Collaborative Healthcare Design Research

Workshop at Pervasive Health 2020
Atlanta, GA, USA


“Partnership working in community-based health promotion can bring about fruitful and sustainable benefits for those involved. Although it takes some time to nurture relationships, when facilitated effectively, collaborative work can enable more systemic ways of working towards health promotion and community development.”

Successful partnership is essential for collaborative health design research in both clinical and community settings. Engaging community, clinical, or organizational partners often leads to diverse perspectives, access to a wider range of resources and participants, and access to different types of expertise. Much of the literature across HCI notes the benefits of collaboratively engaging end users in health design, and a select few studies have examined benefits of engaging clinical healthcare personnel and community advocates as stakeholders in design. While codesign with intended end users has become an area well explored in the pervasive health and HCI spaces, in-depth explorations of the challenges and experiences of collaborative design research with community, clinical, and organizational partners is an area that deserves attention. Additionally, as building these partnerships can be challenging, there is a need to establish best practices in this research approach. The objective of this workshop is to share collective knowledge of how to build and sustain successful and mutually beneficial collaboration with community, clinical, and organizational partners when engaging in codesign health research.

Workshop Goals

The objective of this workshop is to establish a working set of strategies and approaches to engaging clinical, community, and organizational partners in codesign research. Participants will share experiences and best practices for engaging different community and clinical stakeholders in the design of healthcare technologies. Our goal is to understand the first-hand experiences and perspectives of different stakeholders (designers, developers, community members, organizations) involved in collaborative design of healthcare solutions. We seek to reflect on critical questions related to codesign partnerships in health research such as:

  • What are the benefits and challenges of partnering with different types of stakeholders in healthcare design (community, clinical, interdisciplinary team members)?
  • What are examples of successful partnerships and collaborations? What do these look like?
  • What are strategies for building and sustaining mutually beneficial partnerships and collaborations?
  • How do we create true environments for collaboration? How can we support understanding of different roles and needs among stakeholders involved?
  • How do we manage dissemination to different venues and organizations? How can we leverage partnership to maximize research impact?

Thus, the overall objectives of the workshop are to:

  1. Foster a deeper understanding of the dynamics of building partnerships and collaborations for healthcare design research.
  2. Share common challenges and strategies for overcoming challenges when building and partnering with clinical and community stakeholders.
  3. Establish an initial set of best practices for engaging clinical and community partners is design research.
  4. Initiate a dialogue around how to implement these strategies and best practices through future research.

Submission Instructions

We invite workshop participation through contributions that respond to one or more of the following research questions in 4-5 pages using the ACM 2-column format:

What are strategies for building mutually beneficial partnerships?
How do we overcome challenges in partnership relationships?
How do we sustain partnerships overtime?
What are useful dissemination strategies for maximizing research impact?
How do we overcome the challenges of sharing across disciplines and to the public?

We ask that authors describe their process of creating partnership, lessons learned, and reflections of how to improve moving forward. We will also consider research setting and types of collaborations/partnerships described in an attempt to invite participants that can share diverse experiences and perspectives. Workshop Papers will be published in a dedicated section of the Pervasive Health Conference Proceedings. Content presented in workshop papers should not be published or under submission elsewhere, though maybe works-in-progress for larger research efforts. All submissions will be reviewed by the Program Committee. Submissions must adhere to the double-column ACM format using SIGCHI template. Proceeding templates must be used for preparing the submissions (Word and LaTeX templates are available at Please follow the instructions available at

The contributions should be submitted to Confy+:

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Important Dates:

Submission deadline
3 August 2020
Notification deadline
21 August 2020
Camera-ready deadline
21 September 2020

Workshop Organizers:

Aqueasha Martin-Hammond
Assistant Professor, School of Informatics and Computing
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Indianapolis, IN
[email protected]

Christina N. Harrington
Assistant Professor, School of Design
DePaul University
Chicago, IL
[email protected]

Gabriela Marcu
Assistant Professor, School of Information
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
[email protected]