Al Richmond, MSW, Executive Director of Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH), is a global thought leader advocating for the increased role of communities in research and public health. In his role as Executive Director of CCPH, Al is advancing the organization’s commitment to social justice and health equity. His interest in research ethics and its influence on community engagement was broaden through a 2016 fellowship at the Brocher Foundation in Geneva, Switzerland. The Residency program resulted in the creation of guidelines for the conduct of community engaged research (CEnR). In August 2017, he launched the inaugural session, Structural Inequality: An On the Ground View. This was a highly experiential session. It provided a look through the lens of equity to develop and expand the understanding of structural and historic factors contributing to racism in America.
Al serves as principal investigator of Patient Engagement: Enhancing Culturally Responsive Research funded by Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and as Co-Principal Investigator of Ensuring Ethical Community-Engaged Research: Elevating the Role and Impact of Community-Based IRBs and Research Review Committees funded by the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities. In addition, Al provides leadership to multiple academic research projects. Al’s leadership interest seeks to deepen CCPH’s focus in emerging issues impacting our nation including: education, immigration, diversity and culture.
As a founding member and past chair of the Community Based Public Health Caucus and the National Community Based Organization Network, he helped to foster effective partnerships focused on community-identified health concerns and partnerships that integrated local leaders in the decision-making process.
Al completed the William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations, a 2-year leadership program for North Carolina residents in 2016. This experience has expanded his commitment to provide leadership to improve race, class and gender relationships in North Carolina and beyond. For the past decade he has served as field instructor and supervisor to over 20 students. Many are currently early public health practitioners and scholars.
He holds a Master of Social Work from The Ohio State University. Al is a certified facilitator for the Poverty Simulation, Intercultural Developmental Inventory and ToP Facilitation Methods.
Paige Castro-Reyes, B.A., B.S., 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 health 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.
Millicent N. Robinson, MSW, MPH, obtained her B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2015. She obtained her MSW and MPH from the university in 2017. Millicent began her work with Community-Campus Partnerships for Health in the summer of 2017 as a Public Health Social Work student intern. She assisted with the planning of an event that was a component of a previous PCORI contract for CCPH, to support the ability of patients, stakeholders, and researchers to play significant roles as partners in PCOR and CER. Additionally, Millicent assisted with the planning and evaluation of the inaugural Structural Inequality intensive. She began as Programs Assistant in September of 2017. In this role, Millicent assists with program and project coordination/facilitation, conference planning, conducts evaluations and drafts corresponding reports, creates infographics to display information to organization membership, and co-manages the organizational website. Millicent is passionate about health equity and addressing the impact of racism on the health of African-American women.
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 institutional review board (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, as well as co-organizing community events to raise awareness. Nancy also has served on various ethics review committees and has conducted several studies related to the 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.
Nancy received both her MSW and MPH at the University of Washington, with a focus on Maternal and Child Health. After four years working at Neighborhood House Head Start, she returned to the University to complete her doctoral degree in Social Welfare.
Melvin Jackson, MSPH, has over 35 years of experience in community engagement, public health research and program coordination. He is a principal partner with The PRIME Collective, LLC, a group of community experts who consults and partners with investigators in how to incorporate principles of community engagement into all phases of research. The PRIME Collective also provides an avenue for addressing many of the barriers faced around community members engaging in academic research. Melvin Jackson is the founding community Co-Director of the Graduate Certificate in Participatory Research. He also serves as Community Course Director for the Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars Program at the University of North Carolina, which provides two years of training, networking and skill-development in engaged scholarship to interdisciplinary faculty. He is also engaged in community organizing and works to dismantle racism through his involvement with Raleigh Organizing Against Racism, LLC. Melvin Jackson is a Consultant to Community-Campus Partnerships for Health through its work on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Clinical Scholars Program. He is also the Public Health Advocacy Coordinator/Local Improvement Advisor with the Alexander YMCA SCALE (Spreading Community Accelerators through Learning and Evaluation) with the Southeast Raleigh Promise Collaborative. The Collaborative is a part of the transformative redevelopment initiative, a community that will become a vibrant and vital link to elementary education, affordable housing, health and wellness, economic opportunity and leadership development in Southeast Raleigh.
Ramon Paolo Llamas, MPH, graduated with a B.S. in Biological Sciences and a minor in Biomedical Engineering from the University of California, Irvine He went on to receive a Master of Public Health, with an emphasis in Health Education and Promotion, from the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. He has worked in a variety of settings in the public health and healthcare fields since 2005.
His interests include a reduction in health disparities across all races as well as a reduction in health disparities between genders by addressing the social determinants of health in community settings. Other interests include social innovation labs, personalized health communications and medical sociology and anthropology. Lastly, Ramon strongly believes in empowering individuals to be proactive participants in their own health and well-being.
Anissa N. Williams, B.A., graduated in May 2018 as an Anthropology student from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She plans to further her education by pursuing a Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in Health Behavior. Passionate about equity in access to healthcare, Anissa hopes to have a career centered around alleviating health disparities for underserved and marginalized populations. Currently, she serves as Programs Intern for CCPH. Additionally, Anissa is interested in exploring how the intersectionality of race, gender, and other social determinants of health impact the overall well-being of women of color. Ultimately, she plans to study this phenomenon holistically and utilize her future research to create a platform that will influence effective prevention programs for this population.
Kami Yamamoto is a first-generation college student as well as a fourth-generation Asian-American. She was born and raised on the island of Oʻahu. She is currently pursuing a degree in Cultural Anthropology with a minor in Sociology at Seattle University.
Jazmin Monroe-Richards, B.A., graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 2011 with a B.A. in Sociology. As an undergraduate, she developed a passion for service and mentorship through her work as a resident assistant for incoming freshman. She returned to collegiate learning in 2015 when she entered the Triangle Distance Education MSW program at UNC. After her third semester in the program she applied and was accepted into the MSW/MPH dual degree program where she continues to expand her knowledge and skill sets. She is interested in researching, developing, and managing adolescent health programs with the goal of decreasing disparities, while promoting policies and programs that specifically serve marginalized communities. She is excited to delve deeper into the field through CCPH, where she can further develop skills around resource development and social justice.
Sheena Jones, MPH, recently received a Master in Public Health from the University of New England. She completed her B.A. 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 healthcare 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.