Rev. Dr. Sarah Bailey

Co-Founder and CEO, Bridges into the Future

Rev. Dr. Sarah Bailey is an Elder of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International and holds a doctorate of Theology. She is a licensed and ordained Chaplain. She has taught religious studies at various Bible Colleges throughout the State of Michigan and she served as a guest faculty member for the American Heart Association. Elder Sarah is the CEO and co-founder of Bridges into the Future, Inc., which is a community based non-profit organization in Flint, MI, that is focused on health promotion and prevention. Elder Sarah has served on multiple boards in the Flint area…and throughout her career, she has been a part of community, local and state government, and academic partnerships (including Michigan State University and the University of Michigan-Flint and Ann Arbor campuses) in addressing substance abuse, cardiovascular diseases, and safe affordable housing in the state of Michigan and the city of Flint and surrounding communities. Elder Sarah has been on the forefront of the Water Crisis, even prior to the decision to switch water sources! She has been an member of numerous research teams! The EPA met with her and other Pastors through the early declaration to develop services to improve the health of residents affected by the tainted water and to keep the community informed! She provided advocacy training to the “Flint Water Warriors”. She has presented at the International Stroke Conference and during Grand Rounds for the University of Michigan Hospital’s Cardiovascular and Neurology Center. She has spoken to many groups, including university faculty and students as well as the Society of General Internal Medicine at its annual conference as a co- presenter with other Physicians dealing with crisis in San Juan and at the U. S. Southern Border and has spoken at the NIH/ NIESH PEPH Conference earlier this year.

Rev. is speaking at

December 1, 2020
10:30 am - 11:30 am



In this session, participants will hear from community leaders and learn how to build community-academic research partnerships and negotiate budgets, intellectual property, and different organizational work styles.

We will focus on resources for community-based organizations in negotiating research partnerships; guidelines for researchers in approaching community-based organizations and consider key questions, such as: What are the benefits of research partnerships to community stakeholders? What are the experiences of community members who have already taken part of research?  How do you approach and build relationships with community-based organizations? 

  • Negotiating Research Partnerships, Asraa Alhawli, ACCESS, Advocacy Specialist & Research Coordinator ACCESS Community Health and Research Center 
  • The Role of Research in Advocating for Environmental Justice, Sandra Turner-Handy, CURES Community Advisory Board, Engagement Director, Michigan Environmental Council
  • Community Compensation from a Health Equity Lens, Rev Sarah Bailey, Flint Community Ethics Review Board
  • Community In-Reach: Leveraging Academic Connections for Community Protection, Dell Stubblefield, CURES CAB member, Hope Village 

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