Leadership and Impact
Jackilen Shannon, PhD, RD, Director
Jackie is the Director of The Integrated Program in Community Research and is strategically positioned to leverage these efforts in her roles as Director of the OCTRI Community and Collaboration Core, Director of the Knight Cancer Institute Community Engaged Research Program and Co-Director of the Knight Community Partnership Program, and a Professor in OHSU/PSU School of Public Health.
Dr. Shannon joined OHSU in 2000 and is a nutritional epidemiologist with a strong track record of investigation in the role of diet and nutrition in carcinogenesis. Dr. Shannon has also worked to make research accessible to the public through her role as co-creator and leader of the award winning education research program, Let's Get Healthy!
Over the past five years, Dr. Shannon has increased her work in building the structures to support sustained research in the community. She has worked closely with community and academic partners in the development of five Research Coalitions; academic-community partnerships to implement innovative approaches for research training, pilot funding support, technical assistance and networking.
Paige Farris, MSW, Program Administrator
Paige is the Program Manager for the Integrated Program in Community Research, joining OHSU in2004. She has over 10 years of experience protecting human subjects in research; managing clinical trials, co-writing grants, implementing research projects in both university and Veteran Hospital settings and managing budgets. Her research interests focus on building community capacity for research in a few different ways; first, by conducting trainings in community settings with the goal of familiarizing individuals and research teams to the research process so community researchers can begin their own research studies more quickly, efficiently and ethically. She also conducts trainings around the use of Evidence-Based Approaches and the importance of protecting human subjects participating in research. Secondly, by working closely with community researchers, Ms. Farris is interested in providing technical assistance to community researchers in the design of research projects; assuring project outcomes are – sometimes creatively – met based on novel data collection tools or recruitment techniques (i.e.: Let's Get Healthy) She has a commitment to improving health policy through research and values collaboration and research partnerships in order to improve healthcare for all people.
Kim Brown, MBA, Community Research Program Manager and Strategist
Kim joined OHSU in January 2015 to help develop a statewide infrastructure for community engaged research. She oversees the Community Research Liaison team and works closely with each Liaison to develop strategies that support the goals of the regional Community Research Coalitions. Kim works closely with OHSU researchers, programs and institutes to identify and develop resources that build capacity for community engaged research. She is also responsible for developing strategies and processes for the Community Research Hub, including; community assessment
tools, project management systems, communication tools and planning, reporting, and evaluation of the program.