Hear it From Them

As a physician and scientist, it is very important to understand the concerns of community members and to take their point of view into account. What you’re saying and what the community is hearing is not always the same. I highly recommend that researchers working with the community consult with the CARC before starting their work.
Susan Cohn, MD, ITM Co-Director, Dean of Clinical Research

2015 – 2016

CARC Members

Eric Carlton
President, Banner Learning Corp.
Cherita Ellens
Senior Director of Marketing & Communications, Skills for Chicagoland’s Future
Kathleen Jung Hee Fernicola
Policy Director, Asian American Institute
Victor Hugo Garibay
Board President, Chicago Latino Network
Mary Hoffman
President, Marython Associates, Inc.
Ramona E. James, EdD, MSW, ABD
Professor, Kaplan University
Sgt. Yvonne Terry
Community Police Officer, Chicago Police Department
Bonne “Pete” Thomas, MD
Physician, Cook County Hospital
Jonathan Wilkins
Jones Lang LaSalle

Everyone from religious leaders to educators to law enforcement come together through the Community Advisory and Review Council (CARC) to give University of Chicago faculty feedback on the best ways to do their research on the South Side – all while learning important health lessons from the research presented.

The ITM launched the CARC in 2007 to forge a partnership between South Side community leaders and UChicago researchers. The ten CARC members meet at least eight times each year to review faculty’s research proposals and give their feedback. Since the program began, about 30 local leaders have served on the CARC, which has given community input on more than 65 faculty research presentations.

Meetings are held eight times each year between January and May, rotating at locations within the community. Sessions are held from 6 to 8 p.m. on the 2nd Monday of these months.

Questions? Contact Chartay Robinson, Community Development Program Specialist, at crobins1*medicine.bsd.uchicago.edu, for answers and to secure your spot at the next meeting.