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Community Advisory Panel (CAP)

In 2015, UTSW established the Community Advisory Panel (CAP) as a resource for campus researchers for soliciting patient and community-stakeholder engagement in their projects.

The CAP is a group of diverse community, patient, and caregiver stakeholders who provide perspectives, expertise, and experience in accessing community health care and social services, especially in communities such as those served by Dallas County’s integrated safety-net system, Parkland Health. The CAP seeks to represent ideas and experiences that reflect diversity across race, culture, age, and health care access.

The CAP helps researchers learn about community needs and priorities and to inform study design, implementation, and interpretation of results from the client or patient perspective. Meetings are held at least quarterly, but often monthly to accommodate demand. The CAP has advised researchers on a broad range of topics, including:

InvestigatorDepartment/DivisionProject Title/Research TopicCAP Consultation Date
Nicole Rich, M.D. Internal Medicine, Digestive and Liver Disorders Multilevel Factors for Racial/Ethnic and Socioeconomic Disparities in Prognosis of Hepatocellular Carcinoma June 2021
Thomas Shoultz, M.D. Surgery Goal-Concordant Care and Family Satisfaction Among Primary Spanish- and English-Speaking Families in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit June-July 2021
David Gerber, M.D. Internal Medicine, Hematology-Oncology A Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) of Patient Navigation for Lung Cancer Screening in an Urban Safety-Net System June 2021
Michael Bowen, M.D. Internal Medicine, Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics The Impact of Culinary Medicine versus Nutrition Education on Diabetes Outcomes: A Randomized Trial July-Sept. 2021
Robin Higashi, Ph.D. Population and Data Sciences Implementing Video Telehealth in the Era of COVID-19: Best Practices for Cancer Care among Older Adults July 2021
Jenny Francis, M.D., and Joseph Woolley, D.O. (Fellow) Pediatrics Patient Attitudes Regarding Medical Provider Communication in Adolescents with Cystic Fibrosis Aug. 2021
Amit Singal, M.D. Internal Medicine, Digestive and Liver Diseases Harms of HCC Surveillance in Patients with Cirrhosis Sept. 2021 
Joseph Trombello, Ph.D. Psychiatry Behavioral Activation Teletherapy to Increase Physical Activity Sept. 2021
Jasmin Tiro, Ph.D. Population and Data Sciences METRICS – Validity and Reliability of Survey Measures for Cervical Cancer Screening in the Redesigned National Health Interview Survey Oct.-Dec. 2021 
Miguel Vazquez, M.D., and Wanpen Vongpatanasin, M.D. Internal Medicine, Nephrology Preventing Cognitive Decline by Reducing Blood Pressure Target Trial (PCOT) Oct.-Nov. 2021
Sandi Pruitt, Ph.D. Population and Data Sciences Advancing Community Partnerships to Increase Food Access in Southern Dallas “BUILD” Nov. 2021

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CAP discussions can assume several formats, depending upon the researcher’s needs and objectives. If you are an investigator who would like to arrange a consultation meeting with the CAP.