The purpose of the Administrative Core of the Southwest Health Equity Research Collaborative is to ensure that SHERC individual cores are working together efficiently by continually monitoring core activities and facilitating communications among them.
Function Accordion Closed
The primary functions for the Administrative Core are to prioritize activities in all cores, to set and maintain common understanding of SHERC aims and objectives, to coordinate all cross-core key functions and activities, to meet or exceed projected milestones and outputs, and to improve individual core and cross-core products through ongoing feedback and recommendations.
Vision Accordion Closed
As such, the Administrative Core is responsible for creating a shared vision, goals, and outcomes, allocating and overseeing all SHERC resources, providing administrative support, establishing and maintaining partnerships among NAU and local community agencies and tribes, as well as the Advisory Committee and Cores, scheduling meetings and other activities essential to the successful functioning of SHERC, establishing a leadership team, selecting key personnel, evaluating research progress and mentoring project leaders (PLs), and overseeing all other center activities.
The overall responsibility of the Administrative Core will be to ensure that SHERC keeps its efforts focused on the goals of the program. These goals include the development of a self-sustaining research center and development of research programs that will partner with local communities and tribes to address health disparities.
Strategy Accordion Closed
To accomplish these goals, we will:
- Establish community-engaged priorities and strategic plans for addressing a wide range of health disparities
- Provide the institutional infrastructure for the SHERC targeted research projects
- Act as the basic infrastructure for finding creative ways to disseminate information at the individual, community, and institutional levels
Anchoring SHERC with these elements presents opportunities for effective engagement with a wide range of community partners, and across a wide spectrum of individual, community, and institutional needs for focused health disparities research efforts.
Aims Accordion Closed
The Specific Aims of the Administrative Core are to:
- Build and sustain the infrastructure of an effective Southwest Health Equity Research Collaborative (SHERC) at NAU
- Establish and maintain an effective collaborative of community, institutional, and organizational, and government partners
- Develop and expand the ability of SHERC investigators to participate in interdisciplinary approaches to addressing health disparities in Arizona and the Southwestern United States
- Develop and support a cadre of health disparities researchers at NAU
- Build and maintain an interactive evaluation, assessment, and feedback system that utilizes a Logic Model Plus approach to program development, maintenance, and feedback for improvement or innovation
Administrative Core – Our team
Administrative Core Lead and Recruitment Core Lead
Director, Center for Health Equity Research (CHER)
Regents’ Professor, Department of Health Sciences
Community-based participatory research, HIV/AIDS & substance abuse prevention, chronic disease prevention, diverse & rural populations
Suzie Martinez, MSM
Grant and Project Support Manager
National Institutes of Health compliance, reporting, budgeting, and policy; research program management, pre-and-post award grant administration
Events Coordinator, Intermediate
General inquiries, equipment ordering, inter-department transfers, interdepartment payroll transfers, scheduling & office management, travel
Lisa Dahm, MA
Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Intermediate
External media, press releases, newsletter, website
Taylor Lane, PhD, MPH
Community-based participatory research, diverse & rural populations
Kelly Laurila, MA
Program management, program evaluation, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, training program evaluation and institutional research capacity
Michael Petillo, MS
Research Coordinator, Senior
Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Methods, Data Visualization, Logic Models, Community-Based Participatory Methods, Culturally Responsive and Equitable Evaluation, Indigenous Methods and Methodologies
Grant and Project Support Coordinator, Intermediate
Research administration, budget management, pre-award and post-award support
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