The All of Us Research Program Engagement Core's overarching goal is to include participants as partners in the oversight, governance design and implementation to ensure it is inclusive, relevant and culturally sensitive to diverse communities and everyday people.


 

All of Us Research Program Engagement Core

  • Consuelo H. Wilkins, MD, MSCI

    Executive Director
    Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance

    Nashville

    Consuelo H. Wilkins, MD, MSCI, is the Executive Director of the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance and Associate Professor of Medicine at both Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Meharry Medical College. As Director of the Engagement Core of the All of Us Research Program (a component of the Precision Medicine Initiative), Dr. Wilkins oversees initiatives that meaningfully engage research participants in the governance, oversight, implementation and dissemination of the program. She has pioneered methods of stakeholder engagement that involve community members and patients in all stages of biomedical and health research.

    Dr. Wilkins is currently a Principal Investigator of the Vanderbilt-Miami-Meharry Center of Excellence in Precision Medicine and Population Health, which focuses on decreasing disparities among African Americans and Latinos using precision medicine, and the Vanderbilt Recruitment Innovation Center, national center dedicated to enhancing recruitment and retention in clinical trials. She has pioneered methods of stakeholder engagement that involve community members and patients in research across the translational spectrum. Dr. Wilkins is also Associate Director of the Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Science and leads programs in community engagement in the Meharry Clinical and Translation Research Center, the RCMI Program in Health Disparties Research at Meharry, and Mid-South Clinical Data Research Network.

    Prior to her current role, Dr. Wilkins was an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics, with secondary appointments in Psychiatry and Surgery (Public Health Sciences) at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She served as Founding Director of the Center for Community Health and Partnerships in the Institute for Public Health, co-director of the Center for Community Engaged Research in the CTSA, and director of "Our Community, Our Health"- a collaborative program with Saint Louis University to disseminate culturally relevant health information and facilitate community-academic partnerships to address health disparities.

    Dr. Wilkins earned a Bachelor of Science in microbiology (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and a Doctor of Medicine from Howard University. She completed residency training in Internal Medicine at Duke University Medical Center and a Geriatric Medicine fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine/Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Following her medical training, Dr. Wilkins earned a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation from Washington University School of Medicine.

  • Alecia Fair, DrPH

    As a Research Assistant Professor of Medicine with the MVA, Dr. Fair is involved in PCORI-funded community engaged research on provider motivations to participate in the Mid-South Clinical Data Research Network. She also serves as the project manager of the Advancing the Science of Community Engaged Research conference and is a program manager of the Precision Medicine & Health Disparities Collaborative (PMHDC) Training & Mentoring Core, a U54 Center of Excellence award with MMC, VUMC and the University of Miami.

    Previously, Fair was a faculty member at Meharry Medical College’s (MMC) Department of Surgery on a U54 Cancer Partnership/American Cancer Society project on abnormal mammography follow-up in medically underserved women. She also had a secondary appointment as an Assistant Professor at the VUMC Department of Medicine and the Institute for Medicine and Public Health. From 2011-2017, she was a Research Services Consultant II at the Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical Translational Research (VICTR) in Research Support Services.

  • Catherine M. Hammack, MA, JD

    Catherine M. Hammack, MA, JD is a lawyer and bioethicist with over ten years of experience in empirical research and analysis regarding a variety of legal, ethical, regulatory, and policy issues, specifically those in the biomedical arena. She joined the core faculty of the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 2017 and is an Associate in Health Policy in the Department of Health Policy, where she is integrally involved in the design, conduct, and analysis of empirical studies on legal, regulatory, and ethical issues of human subjects research, particularly with regard to informed consent. Her work has been published in international and national peer-reviewed science journals and law reviews and has been presented to large interdisciplinary audiences throughout the country.