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Community Advisory Board

The Community Advisory Board (CAB) is a representative group of volunteer members who live, work, and participate in the Mississippi communities they represent. The CAB has a strong advisory role to the Mississippi Center for Clinical and Translational Research (MCCTR) and representation on the Internal Advisory Committee.

The CAB mission is to: represent community concerns in the design, execution and evaluation of research conducted through the MCCTR and to serve as a bridge between researchers and the community in which the research is taking place.

CAB membership

  • Mireya Alexander, East Biloxi Community Collaborative; Ocean Springs, MS
    Community Health Worker
  • Monica Beeman, Mississippi State University Cooperative Extension; Port Gibson, MS
    Extension Agent
  • Tammy Fordham-Bell, Mercy Delta Express Project; Greenville, MS
    Health Educator

  • Kimaka Bowens, Black Nurses Rock; Picayune, MS
    President, MS Gulf Coast Chapter
  • Janell Edwards, Fayette Community Service Organization; Fayette, MS
    Executive Director
  • Jackie Hawkins, Delta Community Solutions, LLC; Greenwood, MS

  • Teresa Malone, Mississippi Nurses Association; Madison, MS
    Executive Director

  • Cassandra Mobley, Mississippi Food Network; Jackson, MS

  • Tamera Thigpen, University of Southern Mississippi; Hattiesburg, MS
  • Lydia West, Mississippi Public Health Institute; Jackson, MS
    MPH, RD, LD, Consultant
  • Robin Wilkerson, University of Mississippi Medical Center, School of Nursing; Jackson, MS
    PhD, RN