view of Richmond from the Potterfield bridge


The Wright Center works to advance science and foster partnerships that accelerate translational research for the betterment of human health. The Greater Richmond Community Advisory Board serves an important role in developing transparent communication between VCU and the community, in asset mapping and in defining research priorities. The board is a collaboration between Virginia Commonwealth University, VCU Health and the Greater Richmond community.

The board targets the regional health inequities and disparities of Richmond and the surrounding cities and counties, but the methods developed and information gathered are disseminated nationwide.

The board is a diverse representation of community members, reflective of the Richmond area.


The mission of the Greater Richmond Community Advisory Board is to develop a collaborative process for engaging the community and to better understand and align community priorities with research projects and agendas.


  • Define research priorities based on local needs
  • Offer opinions to researchers on community norms and expectations
  • Create forms and questionnaires to develop an effective informed consent process
  • Protocol development and review
  • Help researchers build trust with local community members 
  • Raise awareness and dispel myths about research
  • Help with research participant recruitment
  • Follow up closely on the research processes
  • Inform the community about current research projects
  • Engage community stakeholders and compile findings
  • Create ways to share results to appropriate audiences
  • Share community priorities and identified needs with VCU researchers
    • Holding researchers accountable and making sure researchers are addressing those needs
  • Work with Wright Center to create strategies to address identified community needs 
  • Provide advice to Wright Center leadership on community impact of research activities


Risha Berry photo

Risha Berry

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Willie Hilliard

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Glynis Boyd Hughes

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Stephanie Flowers

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Zanda Miller

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Robert Noriega

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Carol Olson

Youssef Roman photo

Youssef Roman

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Sherrell Thompson

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Iris Woodson

Learn more about the Community Advisory Board members.

Cite & Submit: UL1TR002649

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