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.

Are you a researcher? This network is a growing group of individuals and organizations from across North Carolina and beyond. Our members have diverse research experience and expertise, are interested in partnering in research in a variety of ways, and are ready to collaborate with you. Funds to support your engagement may also be available through our $2K Stakeholder Engagement Voucher Program. For more information or to be connected with a stakeholder, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the CaSE team.

Are you a stakeholder? We invite organizations and individuals to join our growing network of stakeholders. As a member of this network, you or your organization can help guide and support health research on campus and in your community, shape and receive resources that support your capacity to engage in research, and connect with researchers and others in your community doing similar work. To learn more about joining our network, or to have your questions answered, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the CaSE team.

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!

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Through a separate application and selection process, stakeholders who frequently collaborate on health research at the University can become Research Ready Stakeholders. See: Research Ready Stakeholder Program Overview (pdf). For more information, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Meet Our Stakeholders! Our current stakeholder partners include patient advocates, community experts, and key members of diverse local organizations and agencies. Below are several featured members of our stakeholder network who are ready and interested in engaging in research. To be put in touch with them or others, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the CaSE team.

Quince Fleming

Mr. Quince Fleming

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.

Tom Johnston

Jarold 'Tom' Johnston

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:

  1. increasing the participation of community and patient stakeholders in research activities
  2. educating and integrating community and patient stakeholders in funded research projects
  3. providing management and oversight of Patient-Community Advisory Boards
  4. providing community-informed pre- and post-award consultations to research investigators

Maritza Chirinos

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.

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