Reducing health disparities through research, education, and community engagement
The Community Research Advisory Board (CRAB) is a group of faculty and community stakeholders that host monthly meetings to provide consultation to researchers interested in engaging community members in research projects. The CRAB aims to ensure that research studies are culturally sensitive and relevant.
What is the CRAB?
The CRAB is a body established in 2001 with the mission to advise researchers on how best to engage vulnerable and historically underrepresented populations in problem solving and foster collaboration among those populations and researchers interested in addressing health inequities.
Who serves on the CRAB?
Community members, service providers, and academics with a shared interest in research being responsive to community needs and being conducted in a culturally appropriate and ethical manner.
How can CRAB benefit you?
Over 90 researchers have presented research proposals or funded research projects to the CRAB seeking guidance on:
- development of proposals and study design
- minority recruitment
- the design and content of recruitment materials
- how to address bad research experiences with minority populations
- how best to inform underrepresented populations about their research
- developing a systematic recruitment strategy
- identifying community organizations for partnered research
- Donna Alexander, Women of Vision
- Carol Brackett, Allegheny County DHS/Area Agency on Aging
- Lora Ann Bray, Pitt Public Health CHE
- Mario Browne, Office of Health Sciences Diversity
- Aurelia Carter, Allegheny County Office of Behavioral Health
- Dr. Kevin Carugati, Internal Medicine
- Jackie Dixon, Consultant, UPMC Asthma Institute
- Dr. Patricia I. Documet, Pitt Public Health
- Dr. Willa Doswell, School of Nursing
- Flor Cameron, master's student
- Frank Greenlee, Retired Human Resources Specialist
- Elaine Jenkins, Community Member
- Dr. Annamore Matambanadzo, community member
- Dr. Dara Mendez, Pitt Public Health
- Dr. Sandra Murray, School of Medicine
- Officer Juan Polanco, Pitt police officer
- Victor Talisa, Doctoral student (BIOST)
- Dr. Sharon Taverno Ross, assistant professor, Department of Physical Activity (Pitt)