2024 Juneteenth Event
Empowering Voices of Freedom: A Look to the Past for the Future of Authentic Engagement of Underrepresented Communities in Research

Monday, June 17th 
12 pm EST/ 9 am PST
Free Event and Open to the Public

Join us for a 1-hour webinar in honor of Juneteenth. The focus of this event is how to meaningfully engage minoritized people with lived experience of pain in research. This includes establishing true community partnerships, avoiding tokenizing, giving back to communities, enrolling, and retaining them in research. 

Speakers:

Dr. Staja “Star” Booker, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor, University of Florida, College of Nursing

Dr. Booker is a nurse scientist studying the lived experience of chronic pain in older adults. Her work in disparities and inequities focuses on osteoarthritis pain in older African Americans where she investigates movement-evoked pain, function, & pain self-management. Significant contributions include developing the first nursing clinical practice recommendations and a model for pain assessment and pain measurement in older African Americans. She has published over 80 articles & given numerous presentations. She is a recent past board member for USASP and current Chair of the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Committee for the American Society for Pain Management Nursing. 

JoTerrica “Jo” Cross, DSW Candidate, MSW
Homeless Program Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs

JoTerrica "Jo" Cross is an Army veteran and a member of the Pain/Opioid CORE Veteran Engagement Panel (VEP). With lived experience of chronic pain and opioid use, Jo contributes to advancing research by providing valuable insights and collaborating on various projects. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Social Work at the University of Southern California Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Jo's Social Work Grand Challenge is focused on ending homelessness, particularly among military veterans. She has made significant contributions as a member of the Veterans programs on the Homeless Team, working diligently to end veteran homelessness in Minnesota.

Regina Greer-Smith, MPH, LFACHE
President/CEO, Healthcare Research Associates, LLC

Regina Greer-Smith is President/CEO of Healthcare Research Associates, LLC, a community-based organization in California.  Regina’s mission includes building and maintaining collaborations between communities and stakeholders that enable improved healthcare outcomes with a  primary focus towards addressing issues of health disparities and health inequities in vulnerable populations/underserved, minority, and communities with elevated risk. Regina collaborates with numerous academic medical centers with researchers, stakeholders and interest holders creating guidance and programs to ensure DEI in clinical trials worldwide. 

Regina holds a Masters Degree in Public Health and a Life-Fellow (board certification) with the American College of Healthcare Executive.  She maintains memberships in the National Networks of Libraries of Medicine/Pacific Coast Region, as well as an Ambassador for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) since 2014. She was a member of PCORI’s Inaugural Advisory Panel for Patient Engagement.  She has co-authored numerous reports and manuscripts with research teams on engagement and collaborations between researchers and minority communities.

Moderator
Brittany Dorsonne (she/her)
Clinical Research Coordinator
Stanford University School of Medicine 
Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine 
Division of Pain Medicine – Pain Relief Innovations Lab 

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