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Community Engagement

SCTR Institute

Since 2011, SCTR has led an innovative, system-wide effort to strengthen capacity for collaborative research relationships among academic investigators and community members, community-based clinicians, and local health care organizations.

It is dedicated to engaging community members and academic partners in all aspects of the research process to promote health, reduce the risk of illness and disease, and build community resilience to help transform health care and eliminate health disparities.

MUSC Translational Research Community Advisory Board

The MUSC Translational Research Community Advisory Board had been providing essential input to the South Carolina Clinical & Translational (SCTR) Institute and the SCTR Community Engagement Program since May 2014. TR-CAB members are a diverse group of leaders in a range of sectors committed to improving health and Health care in South Carolina.

Board Members

  • Jeannette Andrews, Ph.D., RN, FAAN 
    Dean and Professor, College of Nursing, University of South Carolina Association
  • Roland Gardner, MS         
    Chief Executive Officer, Beaufort Jasper Hampton Comprehensive Health Sciences
  • Ron Gimbel, Ph.D.
    Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Public Health Services, Clemson University
  • Pete Liggett, Ph.D.
    Deputy Director of Long Term Care and Behavioral Health, South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
  • Bernie Mazyck       
    South Carolina Association for Community Economic Development
  • Carolyn Murray      
    News Anchor, WCBD-TV
  • Robert Stevens, Ph.D.     
    Director, SC Association of Positive Behavior Support
  • Lisa Wear-Ellington          
    President/Chief Executive Officer, South Carolina Coalition on Health
  • Vicki Young, Ph.D.
    Chief Operating Officer, South Carolina Primary Health Care Association (SCPHCA)


Carolyn Jenkins

Cathy Melvin, Ph.D., MPH    

Michelle Nichols, Ph.D., RN
Associate Director
Assistant Professor

Keesha Corbin
Community Engagement Coordinator

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