Al Richmond, MSW, CCPH Executive Director, has over 25 years of experience in a career that has uniquely blended social work and public health to address racial and ethnic health disparities. As a founding member and past chair of the Community Based Public Health Caucus and the National Community Based Organization Network – both affiliated with the American Public Health Association (APHA) – he helped to foster effective partnerships focused on community-identified health concerns and to increase the number of community leaders actively involved in APHA. For the past three years, Richmond has played significant roles locally and nationally to advance community engagement in health research, in particular through the National Institutes of Health’s Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Program. In 2012 Richmond became the first community leader to serve as co-chair of the national CTSA Community Engagement Key Function Committee, working to better understand and support the role of community leaders in the CTSA program. As an integral member of the NC TraCS Institute Community Advisory Board (the CTSA at the University of North Carolina) and liaison to its Community Engagement and Dissemination Core, he has engaged in research partnerships with academic investigators to build coalitions, disseminate health information and develop training modules. A past CCPH Board Member, Richmond served as planning committee members and speaker for all three National Community Partner Forums on Community-Engaged Research, contributing to the development of the Community Network for Research Equity and Impact. Richmond was recently selected as a participant in the William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations, a 2-year leadership program for North Carolina residents.
Paige Castro-Reyes has been with CCPH since graduating from the University of Washington in 2013. She completed a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in International Studies: Comparative Religion. During her undergraduate career, Paige was a research assistant in the Parichy Lab in the Biology Department studying the role of thyroid hormone in development. In winter and spring of 2013, Paige was a Carlson Civic Fellow at the American Heart Association, where she worked on heath equity programs in communities throughout Seattle. She was also a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Biology Fellow and an active Initiative for Maximizing Student Development Scholar. As a woman of Chamorro descent, Paige brings a unique perspective to the Ethics Research and Community Partner programming at CCPH, where she works as the Director of Programs.
Nancy Shore, PhD worked with CCPH in 2003 on an NIH funded project to identify the infrastructure required to support and sustain community-university partnerships. She returned to CCPH in 2007 as a Senior Consultant, working primarily on projects related to community-based research and ethical considerations. Currently she is Principal Investigator of CCPH's NIH funded National Collaborative Study of Community-Based Processes for Ethics Review. The study aims to understand how community-based organizations' research ethics review processes operate, and how they compare to institution-based IRB processes. The intent is to generate recommendations for other community groups to strengthen or develop their own review processes, as well as to identify promising practices for assuring the ethics and integrity of community-based participatory research to community groups, researchers, institution-based IRBs, funding agencies and policy makers.
Nancy is an Associate Professor at the University of New England's School of Social Work in Portland, Maine. Her primary teaching areas include human behavior in the social environment, research and community practice. Nancy strives to create opportunities for students to collaborate with different community groups as part of their coursework. At times this entails working with agencies to develop and implement evaluation strategies, to co-organizing community events to raise awareness. Nancy also has served on various ethics review committees and has conducted several studies related to the institutional review board (IRB) process and the promotion of ethical research. Her other research activities focus upon the impact of theater on raising awareness and changing behaviors amongst high school youth.
Nicole Harvey is a senior undergraduate student at Seattle University where she studies Cultural Anthropology and Spanish. As a student Nicole has been involved in a variety of projects that aim to promote awareness through education and advocacy. Most notably, Nicole has been an active volunteer/intern for Global Youth Connect, a non-profit organization based in New York, that aims to advance human rights by empowering young leaders around the globe. Nicole is also part of the 2016-17 ASSW Departmental Honors cohort at Seattle University, where she is currently in the early stages of research regarding im/migrant issues in Washington State. After graduation, Nicole plans on attending graduate school, where she hopes to obtain a Master's Degree in Public Health/Social Work. As a non-traditional student, Nicole brings passion, dedication, and empathy to the CCPH team, as she understands the importance of advocacy as a means of social change.
James Coleman is a first-year Master in Public Health student at UNC-Chapel Hill. James has previously earned his B.A. in Psychology and Anthropology from East Carolina University. Prior to his graduate studies, James was a research assistant at the UNC Center for Genomics and Society (CGS), and the UNC Center for Health Equity Research (CHER). With CGS, James took part in a qualitative analysis of how individuals interpreted their incidental gene screening results. With CHER, he helped implement an asset mapping and youth-enrichment program in rural North Carolina. Once James graduates, he plans to work in rural eastern North Carolina to reduce health disparities in minority communities and to increase access to healthcare for marginalized communities.
Sheena Jones is a first-year Master in Public Health student at the University of New England. She complete her BA degree in Psychology, seeking this field to better understand individuals in their environment, thus to better aide their needs. For the past few years, she has served as the Rehabilitation Social Worker in a health care facility. This position has enabled her to assist individuals with their transition back into the community, implement person-centered care plans, goals, behavioral interventions and complete psychosocial assessments by state and federal regulations. Due to her passion for serving in a healthcare setting, she decided to focus her sights on assisting individuals on a macro level. This will enable her to practice social work on a community level, including but not limited to planning, organizing, program development, community awareness and policy advocating. This has also developed her personal commitment to outreach programs, bringing awareness to health disparities in the community, and advocating policy for the right to health.