As a research program leader with the Community-Engaged Research Initiative (CeRi), Eve Marion works closely with the CeRi team and its community and academic research partners to support the development of mutually beneficial, equitable, and collaborative partnerships to improve community and population health.
A key part of Eve’s role is to manage the CTSI Population Health Improvement Awards Program, designed to engage community and academic partners in collaborative research that promotes novel ideas to improve community and population health. She also helps with coordination for the Sparks program that brings together researchers and community stakeholders to work on the same health issue from different approaches to spark new ideas for community-engaged research projects.
“I love to see the impact of actively engaging the community in research,” Eve said. “Community members are essential to the health research process - it’s great to see that lightbulb moment when they realize they can help shape the direction of research and that their input is valued.”
As a member of the CeRi team, Eve enjoys being part of a group whose members are well-versed in community engagement. In her previous role at Duke, Eve managed NIH-funded research centers and worked more closely with basic scientists. Having face-to-face interactions with community members was what attracted her to this position, and she’s enjoyed learning from her teammates on CeRi and the CTSI along the way.
“We have an amazing, entrepreneurial group here,” Eve said. “Every single day I feel like I learn something new. And this space is so collaborative, I feel like the sky’s the limit with what we can accomplish.”
In her free time, Eve is an active member of the community, as well. She is the immediate past president of the Rotary eClub of District 7710 and the president of Sister Cities of Durham, an organization that partners with cities around the world to promote mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation. Eve has found that her connections from those groups have helped influence her work, but she has also found the network at Duke to be hugely impactful as she continues to learn and grow.
“There are so many faculty, staff, students, and postdocs at Duke,” Eve said. “It’s important to get out and talk to people, and whenever I’ve reached out to someone with a question they’ve always been more than happy to help.”