Community Advisory Board

People around a tableThe Community Engagement and Research Program (CERP) provides consultation to faculty, students and affiliated health care partners and community organizations on designing and conducting health-focused studies and outreach in community settings. The CERP works closely with a Community Advisory Board (CAB) to ensure the perspective of different community stakeholders is considered and incorporated into all community-based research projects.

CAB members represent a wide range of community members including health care providers, school-based representatives and community service groups from Jacksonville and Gainesville. Faculty, students and affiliated health care partners and community organizations can submit protocols to the CERP, which will be shared with CAB members for review and comment.

The CAB, with support from CERP faculty advisors, provides feedback on all aspects of community-based projects including study design, pilot studies, participant recruitment and retention strategies, data collection strategies, interpretation of study findings, and dissemination of findings to the community. The CAB members also can recommend potential research partners in the community.

CTSI Community Research Associates (CRAs) work closely with the CAB along with other community advisors, as needed, to be sure that a community perspective is incorporated into CERP-affiliated studies and projects. The CRAs along with CERP faculty advisors will work with faculty and students to obtain the important perspective and input of CAB members on their projects.


Linda Cottler –; 352-273-5468
Mobeen Rathore –; 904-244-3739