The development of authentic partnerships between researchers and the populations being served remains the keystone of the CCTS Engagement of Communities domain. The newly-formed Community and Scientific Action Board, a merging of the CCTS One Great Community Council and the Jefferson County Community Participation Board, provides a dedicated space to build upon the partnerships and dialogue that are tackling health priorities in the region.

The mission of the CSAB is to provide guidance to the UAB Center for the Study of Community Health and to the CCTS for community-engaged research, -- including community- and academic-led programs, -- and to champion active participation at every stage of investigation.  The CSAB is also available to to provide advice to other centers and research teams looking to engage such support. The board operates alongside Clifford Kennon, CCTS Program Director, and Dr. Jeffery Walker, Director of CCTS Engagement of Communities and the UAB Center for the Study of Community Health and includes 11 members:

Bryn Manzella, Chair
Director of Quality Improvement, Jefferson County Department of Health
Darlena Battle
Alabama Power Company, Corporate Relations
Andrea Cherrington, MD
Professor, UAB Preventative Medicine 
Ronit Elk, PhD
Division of Geriatrics, Gerontology, and Palliative Care
Associate Director, Center for Palliative and Supportive Care
Associate Director, Southeast Institute for Innovation in Palliative and Supportive Care
Lonnie Hannon, PhD
Associate Professor, UAB Health Behavior
Candace Knight, PhD

Associate Professor, UAB Nursing, Director Nurse Family Partnership of Central Alabama
Andre Lessears
Chief Diversity and Inclusion officer, UABHS Office of Diversity
Sarah MacCarthy, PhD
Associate Professor, UAB Health Behavior
Darrell O’Quinn
Birmingham City Council, District 5
Kadie Peters
Vice President of Community Impact Allocations and GrantsUnited Way of Central Alabama

The CSAB is currently advising community-initiated projects and research pilot programs, in addition to fostering critical dialogue among scientists, citizens, and stakeholders alike through the CCTS Community Engagement Institute (CEI). CEI events offer critical opportunities for conversation focused on health improvements for all.

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