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National Community Advisory Board

WIHS National Community Advisory Board

The WIHS National Community Advisory Board (NCAB) is an advisory committee comprised of study participants from each of the clinical sites, as well as a facilitator, Principal Investigator (PI) and Project Director (PD) representatives, and NIH sponsoring agency representatives. NCAB representatives are active in all levels of the study, including participation on working group conference calls and at the biannual scientific Executive Committee (EC) meetings. In addition, the NCAB holds conference calls every other month and meets annually.

The purpose and mission of the NCAB is to provide the WIHS community with relevant scientific, psychosocial and political information regarding HIV-related topics. The EC asks the NCAB for feedback on the validity and practicality of proposed study protocols and forms. New study concepts, manuscripts, and protocol changes are reviewed by the NCAB prior to implementation in the study. The NCAB develops strategies intended to encourage active participation in study visits and solicits feedback from participants about their research visits and healthcare priorities. NCAB members are true representatives of the WIHS community and provide insight on how best to obtain valid information from participants, thus improving WIHS data quality.

NCAB Members:
Chair – Nilsa Santiago, Bronx
Lynn Murchison, NCAB Liaison, Bronx
Nikia Braxton, Atlanta
Jenna Burton, San Francisco
Jeanette Carter, Bronx
Jennifer Cohen, San Francisco
Gayle Dorsky, Bronx
Lakshmi Goparaju, District of Columbia
Adrienne Gould, San Francisco
Pilar Hamilton, District of Columbia
Algarita Hawkins, UAB-MS
Susan Holman, Brooklyn
Tekeshia Jones, UNC
MichelleAnn Joseph, Brooklyn
Kim Kelsey, District of Columbia
Yevette Lindsey, District of Columbia
Sonja Livingston, UNC
Venetra McKinney, UAB-MS
Lynnell Minkin, San Francisco
Michael Plankey, District of Columbia
Catalina Ramirez, UNC
Nicaya Rapier, Chicago
Denise Russo, NICHD
Sara Sanford, Atlanta
Marta Santiago, Chicago
Karen Savage, UAB-MS
Gerald Sharp, NIAID
Denise Smith, District of Columbia
Sudha Srinivasan, NIAID
Lauryn Taylor, Atlanta
Kim Williams, UAB-MS
Martha Williams, UAB-MS