Community Advisory Board

The Community Advisory Board (CAB) is designed to serve a crucial function for achieving bi-directional communication with, and guidance from the local community. As described in the Community Engagement (CE) component, the GHUCCTS CAB will be composed of a 4 member rotating subset of the approximately 10 members of the Community Advocacy Research Participation (CARP) Group. CARP will be recruited from diverse constituencies in order to broadly represent the full spectrum of health-related interests throughout the Washington, DC region. CARP will work directly and closely with CE to facilitate partnerships with community stakeholders and assure that the recruitment pool for GHUCCTS researchers is diverse and representative of the Washington metropolitan area. CARP will nominate its representatives to the CAB as well as providing recommendations for additional membership. The CAB will be advisory to the GHUCCTS leadership and provides advice and counsel to both the PIs and the Executive Committee. The Board will advise regarding community research priorities, identifying potential community partners, and contribute to the dissemination of research findings. In addition, because its input is also crucially important for the success of the entire GHUCCTS partnership, all CAB members will be kept abreast of progress of GHUCCTS initiatives. 

Members of CAB:

CAB Members

Organization/ Affiliations

Caicedo, Larisa, MA

Private Consultant, Cultural Competence Strategy

Cruz, Yanira, DrPH, MPH

President & CEO, National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA)

Dixon, Giovanna

Research Participant Representative

Gorham, Millicent, MBA, PhD (Hon), FAAN

Executive Director, National Black Nurses Association, Inc.

Magrini, D

Assistant Director of Community Commitment and Training

McCollough, Mathew, MPA

Director, DC Office of Disability Rights' (ODR)

Mishori, Ranit, MD, MHS

Director, CAPRICORN Practice-Based Research Network

Director, Global Health Initiatives,Department of Family Medicine

Nunez, Abel, BA

Executive Director, Central American Resource Center (CARECEN)

Reinhard, Matthew, PsyD

Director of War Related Injury and Study Center (WRIISC), Veterans Administration Medical Center, Wash, DC

Roberts, Roslyn, Rev., M.Div.


Elder, African Methodist Episcopal Church, Minister to Children, Youth and Young Adults

Tasker, Veronica, Rev., PhD, RTV, MBA, MPH, M.Div


Washington, Abyssinia, MEd, PsyD

Child Therapist/Trauma Therapist, Private Practice, Wash., DC. Faculty, Forensic Psychology, George Washington University

Wilburn, Adolph Y., Ed.D.

HU Patient Advisory Board Member

Role of CAB 

  • Help to build research partnerships in the community
    • Identifying organizations interested in collaboration
    • Suggest ways to structure partnerships
      • GHUCCTS “community affiliates”
  • Facilitate dialogue with communities
    • Recommending GHUCCTS community engagement activities and venues
    • Maximizing opportunities to learn from communities
    • Community dissemination of research findings
  • Training for collaborative, community-centered translational research 
    • Recommending training to enhance GHUCCTS’ investigator capacity for community collaboration
    • Reviewing GHUCCTS training curricula for inclusion of community engagement knowledge and skill
  • Evaluation
  • Annual community advisory report
    • Number and quality of collaborations
    • Number of active projects
    • Diversity of researchers and participants
    • Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats
    • Recommendations
  • Enhance diversity in research
  • Recommending methods for marketing and participant recruitment
  • Suggestions for research topics