SHARES Advisory Board Kickoff Meeting!

SHARES Advisory Board Meeting attendees getting ready with their Copa Cookies

Pictured from Left to Right First Row: Robert Ouimette (JFCS), Cameron Adams (AHCCCS), Preston Lee (ASU), Daniel Mendoza (ASU), Eric S. Lott (Community Bridges), Valerie O’Connell (Community Medical Services), Darwyn Chern (Copa Health)

Pictured from Left to Right Second Row: Hannah Kaufman, (ASU) Anita Murcko (ASU), Adela Grando (ASU-PI), Shar Najafi-Piper (Copa Health) 

Over 25 members of the SHARES Community joined in person at Copa Health or online for the Advisory Board Kickoff Meeting on 10/5/2023. Dr. Adela Grando, Principal Investigator, (PI) shared that “is a dream come true moment” after over 2 years in the application process with NIDA, the national Institute on Drug Abuse. “SHARES will be the first SUD medical record sharing study to engage patients, providers, and expert stakeholders from informatics, medicine, ethics, law and policy.” 

As Chair of the Advisory Board, Dr. Patricia Bayless facilitated self introductions of all the attendees and their organizations, each with key and unique expertise in fields such as patient advocacy, medicine, and health record sharing. Dr. Anita Murcko, CoI, introduced the SHARES website and webmaster, Daniel Mendoza. To appreciate the depth of expertise in the SHARES Community, she recommends that we “explore the website that includes photos, bios and organizational links.”

As a recent graduate from the Arizona State University (ASU) Biomedical Informatics (BMI) program, I am proud to be a volunteer member of the SHARES Community supporting the Advisory Board with Dr. Murcko, assisting with logistics, photography and blogging. With a nod to the future, Dr. Grando closed the meeting by reminding us that “this is a complex project that will require in-depth discussions, ongoing participation, and strong dedication from all members.” I am looking forward to the next Quarterly Advisory Board Meeting in 2024!   

Audrey Wong, BS
SHARES Advisor

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