Community Advisory Board
The Community Advisory Board (CAB) of the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center (SIRC) serves a variety of critically important roles in support of the Center’s mission to prevent and reduce the burden of health disparities on the overall quality of life among communities of the Southwest.
To advise SIRC leadership and serve as a liaison between SIRC and the larger community.
- To facilitate the communication and collaboration between university-based researchers and community based partners about health disparities.
- To improve outcomes of interventions and services through the implementation of research projects that foster innovation, sustainability and translations into real world settings and daily practice.
- To enhance public information, outreach and dissemination between community health representatives and healthcare providers, policy makers, the lay community and research investigators to develop appropriate research, education and delivery of programs.
The CAB meets four times a year in the SIRC office. Additionally, members are expected to participate on at least one of the four standing subcommittees listed below.
Recruits and nominates potential Board members. Defines criteria for membership and reviews Board structure as indicated in the CAB Manual. Oversees the general direction of the CAB as well as implementation of the work plan described in SIRC’s Community Engagement and Dissemination Core. Ensures that CAB members understand the full range and scope of SIRC’s programs and projects. Membership is comprised of the CAB Chair, Vice-Chair and Subcommittee Chairs. Responsible for election of Officers and appointment of CAB subcommittee chairs.
Increases the visibility of SIRC in the local community by providing opportunities for collaboration, presentation and partnership for SIRC faculty, students and fellows. Reviews social media activities for the purpose of the dissemination of research findings. Reviews and comments on materials developed for local community, health care providers, policymakers and the media.
Develops a strategic dissemination plan which identifies stakeholders, dissemination pathways, appropriate activities and mechanisms to ensure the sustained impact of research findings locally and nationally. Responsible for the Board Alignment Survey and the Board Satisfaction Survey.
Research and Education
Identifies and recommends critical health-related topics suitable for Issue Forums and takes an active role in planning these events including identification of panelists, co-sponsors, audience, event locations. Participates in interviews at the Forum in order to disseminate information on social media which is useful to practitioners, policymakers and the general public.
Dulce Maria Ruelas, MPH (Chair)
College of Nursing and Health Care Professions
Grand Canyon University
Zepporah Fuller, MHA/ED., CPHQ (Vice Chair)
Director of Technical Assistance
National Council of Urban Indian Health
Jocelyn Beard, MA
Tribal Relations Manager
Arizona Department of Economic Security
Michelle Cabanillas, LMSW
School Safety and Social Wellness Unit
Arizona Department of Education
Shayna Diamond, MA
American Cancer Society
Chinese Senior Center
Omar Fabian, LMSW
School Social Worker
Roosevelt School District
Barbara S. Garden, BS
Director of Community Relations
Shawna Green, MA
Marketing Specialist and Partner Liaison
Shomari Jackson, MPA
Sonoran Prevention Works
Michelle Lacy, MA, LPC, PMH-C
Women's Health Innovations of Arizona
Nora Lozano, BS, In
Community Health Worker Supervisor
Gregorio Montes de Oca, MPA
Community Investment Coordinator
Arizona Community Foundation
Matthew Moody, LAC
Director, Contact Center Operations
Solari Crisis and Human Services
Nicole Neal, MPH
City of Phoenix, Early Head Start
Jeanne Nizigiyimana, MSW, MA
Co-founder and Program Manager
Refugee Women's Health Clinic
Farhia Omar, MPH
Zona Pacheco, LCSW
Housing Supportive Services Coordinator
City of Phoenix
Teresa Peña, MEd
Senior Director, Training and Diversity
Valle del Sol
Muktar Sheikh, MSL
Somali Association of Arizona
Lena Spotleson, MA
Director, Corporate Relations
American Cancer Society
Jennifer Weller, PhD
Research Director, Child Psychiatry
District Medical Group
Patti Hibbeler, MA (former Chair)
Yvonne Fortier, LPC, LISAC
Elizabeth Ortiz de Valdez, MD