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VCU CCTR welcomes new Community Engagement Core Co-Directors

The VCU Center for Clinical and Translational Research proudly announces the appointment of Steven Woolf, M.D., M.P.H., and Alex Krist, M.D., M.P.H., as Co-Directors of the Community Engagement Core (CEC).

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Woolf
Steven Woolf, M.D., M.P.H.
Krist
Alex Krist, M.D., M.P.H.

The VCU Center for Clinical and Translational Research proudly announces the appointment of Steven Woolf, M.D., M.P.H., and Alex Krist, M.D., M.P.H., as Co-Directors of the Community Engagement Core (CEC).

These investigators bring unique strengths and highly productive research energy to this vital translational core.

The recently announced alignment of the Department of Family Medicine and the Department of Epidemiology and Community Health, in concert with the CCTR and the Division of Community Engagement, provides a unique opportunity to accomplish the stated community engaged research goals of the Clinical and Translational Science Award program (part of the National Institutes of Health National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences) and VCU’s strategic plan, Quest for Distinction.

“Much has been accomplished during the past two years as we have established greater trust for research in the community and greater collaboration with the many other strong and highly successful centers and institutes across VCU,” said John Clore, M.D., director of the CCTR. “The result has been the creation of a university-wide infrastructure that supports innovation and builds on the considerable strengths of the institution.

“The opportunities for VCU to further distinguish itself in the area of community engaged translational research are remarkable with the new CEC co-directors, Drs. Woolf and Krist,” continued Clore. “I am confident that we are building a nationally recognized program that leverages the strengths of VCU to realize our full potential.”

Dr. Woolf is the director of the VCU Center on Human Needs. The Center’s mission is to study the relationship between social factors and health and to present research findings to the public and policymakers.  The Center’s work includes a program on community-based participatory research, which has conducted research throughout the United States but includes an exciting project in the East End of Richmond. 

His areas of interest include health services research, evidence-based medicine, health promotion and disease prevention and social justice and health disparities.
He is board certified in family medicine and preventative medicine and public health. The author of more than 150 articles and two books, Dr. Woolf received his M.D. from Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., and his M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md.

Dr. Krist is the co-director of the Virginia Ambulatory Care Outcomes Research Network. The network is a community of practices throughout the state dedicated to collaborative research to better understand and improve primary care. He is also a faculty member for the VCU family medicine residency program at Fairfax Family Practice Center where he sees patients and precepts medical students and residents.

His areas of research interest include integrating clinical and community care systems, patient-centered care, informatics, and medical decision making. As an expert, he regularly advocates for the primary care communities’ needs with federal policy makers.

Dr. Krist received his M.D. from University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., and his M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md.