The NC TraCS Stakeholder Network
Engaging with stakeholders throughout the research process (from design through dissemination) allows for the conduct of relevant, sustainable, and feasible health research.
The TraCS Stakeholder Network is a resource that facilitates this process by pairing researchers and stakeholders together and connecting stakeholders with researchers and resources across campus.
To join, fill out our brief interest survey about you or your organization's skills, needs, and capacity. We'll then be in touch about how we can work together!Take the survey
Quince Fleming is a long-standing community partner, instructor, and leader in business and sales management. He received his MBA from the University of Baltimore in Entrepreneurship and is the founder of QD Fleming and Associates, a company focused on professional development, training, and strategic planning.
As a cancer survivor, he is an advocate within the African American community focused on spreading cancer awareness and promoting participation in clinical trials to improve cancer treatment and care. He has served on the Duke Cancer Institute Advisory Board and as Patient Advocate Chair for the North Carolina-Louisiana Prostate Cancer Project.
Jarold "Tom" Johnston has a Bachelor's degree in Nursing, a Master's Degree in Midwifery, and is obtaining his Doctorate of Nursing Practice with a focus on Lactation Education. He is certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners and currently practices in a lactation clinic in Fayetteville, NC.
Mr. Johnston is an expert in human lactation, focusing specifically on the role of the father in breastfeeding, the molecular biology of human lactation, the impact of health care providers on the breastfeeding relationship, and newborn transition to extra-uterine life. Mr. Johnston's ultimate goal is to ensure that all mothers, particularly the medicaid population of NC, have access to lactation services.
The PRIME Collective, LCC
The PRIME (Partnerships in Research Integration, Mentoring and Education) Collective, LLC was formed in 2014 by Melvin Jackson, William Kearney, and Mysha Wynn as a way to bring together members of their community to consult on community-engaged research projects. This group of community experts has extensive experience in how to incorporate principles of engagement into all phases of research and develop community based participatory research projects that are equitable, sustainable, and measurable. Members of the PRIME Collective have partnered with NC TraCS in a variety of ways to incorporate community engaged approaches into the work of the institute and across campus.
Their work includes:
- increasing the participation of community and patient stakeholders in research activities
- educating and integrating community and patient stakeholders in funded research projects
- providing management and oversight of Patient-Community Advisory Boards
- providing community-informed pre- and post-award consultations to research investigators
Maritza Chirinos is an established health care provider and community partner. She received her MD from the Universidad Central de Venezuela, specializing in anesthesiology. In the United States, Dr. Chirinos has used her clinical background to improve health outcomes for Mexican and other Spanish-speaking populations.
In particular, she has worked with Spanish-speaking people living with HIV, breast cancer, diabetes and obesity. Previously, she served as Health Program Director at El Centro Hispano, a grassroots Latinx organization located in Durham, NC, where she implemented health programs and community-wide education initiatives. She has also mentored and supported bilingual/bicultural health education staff in efforts to reduce health-related risk factors and risk behaviors for Latinx populations.
Community Connections Newsletter
Our bimonthly newsletter for stakeholders provides news, resources, and opportunities related to community-engaged research. View past editions below and sign up to receive our newsletter here.