Leadership

Message from the Director

The OCTRI Community Research Hub was established in Central Oregon in 2015 and today supports staff in Central Oregon, in Portland and a team of community research liaisons, students and volunteers across the state. Over the past few years, I have often been asked by colleagues at our institution to explain what we do at the Community Research Hub so I would like to take this opportunity to describe our rationale and vision for this program. 

We work to identify and understand the gaps and barriers for communities to engage in research and use data driven decision-making and evaluation to improve health in their communities.  Concurrently, we are committed to support researchers at OHSU in bringing their research to the community, through offering training, facilitating partnerships and providing local implementation support. As can be seen by perusing our website, we have a robust Community Project Assistance Program, have established trusting relationships with community partners through the state and have successfully assisted investigators in the implementation of projects in the community.   

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Together with Knight Cancer Institute, Community Outreach and Engagement and OCTRI Community Research Hub, we provide community and investigator support and services through OHSU Community Outreach, Research and Engagement (CORE).  My hope is that you will find benefit to our work and share your thoughts on how we may best support our colleagues and work toward an ultimate vision of supporting the entire state of Oregon, including rural, urban and frontier communities, as a unified, broadly recognized, respected and coordinated program of community research at OHSU.

Jackilen Shannon, PhD, MPH, Director

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Jackie is the Director of the OCTRI Community Research Hub and is strategically positioned to leverage these efforts in her roles as Director of the OCTRI Community Engagement and Collaboration Core (CECC), Director of the Knight Cancer Institute Community Outreach and Engagement Program, 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 to build a Hub and Spoke model that supports a robust community engaged research program and implements innovative approaches for research training, project implementation, technical assistance and networking.

If you would like to contact Jackie please email

Paige Farris, MSW, Program Administrator

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Paige is the Program Administrator for the OCTRI Community Research Hub, joining OHSU in2004. She has over 14 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.

If you would like to contact Paige please email

Kim Brown, MBA, Community Research Program Manager and Strategist

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Kim joined OHSU in January 2015 to help develop a team and a support structure for growing and strengthening community-academic partnerships and community engaged research across Oregon.  She oversees the Community Research Liaison team and works closely with each Liaison to develop strategies that support the research and training needs of their communities and the research coalition project that is selected by a local steering committee to address a health priority in the region.  Kim works closely with OHSU researchers, programs and institutes to identify needs 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.  Kim works closely with the Campus for Rural Health team in Klamath Falls, Coos Bay and in Eastern Oregon and helps support IPE students' involvement in  rural community-based projects that assist local partners in incorporating data-driven decision making and address health disparities. 

If you would like to contact Kim please email