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COVID-19 Pandemic Research Center (CPRC)

Community Advisory Board

Led by Lourdes Baezconde-Garbanati; contact: baezcond@usc.edu

We are in the process of identifying and recruiting an 11-member community advisory board (CAB) consisting of stakeholders, service providers, policymakers, and community leaders in the diverse communities where the research will be conducted. The CAB will meet monthly to discuss COVID-19 issues in their communities and suggest research questions and outreach needs. (Details defined, available on request). In addition to an Advisory Board, town-hall meetings will be periodically conducted in order to better understand directly from the community what are the main relevant issues that impact the citizens of Los Angeles and beyond.

Laura Mosqueda, MD
Professor of Family Medicine and Geriatrics (Tenure)
About Laura Mosqueda, MD

Dr. Laura Mosqueda is a professor of Family Medicine and Geriatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. She is a widely respected authority on geriatric and family medicine, elder abuse, and care of the elderly and underserved. She is also an expert on medical education curricula design, development, and implementation. Before joining USC, she served 16 years at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) School of Medicine. Dr. Mosqueda is the co-director of the National Center on Elder Abuse, a federally-funded initiative that serves as the nation's coordinating body and clearinghouse for information on research, training, best practices, news, and resources on elder abuse. As a family physician and geriatrician, researcher, educator, and academic administrator, she has a unique perspective that is informed by her extensive experiences in the community.

Colin Diaz
President & CEO, Culver City Chamber of Commerce
About Colin Diaz

Colin has over 20 years of management, marketing, sales and community outreach experience. His past ventures have spanned the sports, entertainment, education, hospitality and chamber sectors. In his current role as the President/CEO of the Culver City Chamber, Colin serves as the face of business in his community, representing small and multi-national companies by providing advocacy, business resources and relationship building opportunities. He brings an impressive educational background with an MBA from Duke University and an MFA for Chapman University. As the head of the Culver City Chamber for the past 3+ years, Colin uses a blend of his professional, personal and educational experience in his efforts to grow reach, elevate the chamber brand to others and protect the reputation of the Chamber. During his tenure, the Chamber and City have seen significant business growth and expansion into new industries.

Brian Hui, PhD
Director of Research & Evaluation, Special Service for Groups, Inc.
About Brian Hui, PhD

Brian Hui a community-based scholar-practitioner who believes that research practice should inform public policy and guide community transformation. In the last 12 years, he has worked in a variety of roles in non-profit leadership, providing services for basic needs, public benefits, housing, immigration, healthcare navigation, cultural development, leadership development, and policy advocacy. Additionally, he has led community research teams in community based participatory research projects studying public health risk factors and interventions among Pacific Islander communities in Southern California, including several NIH funded RO1 studies.  Brian leads the SSG Research & Evaluation Team, which provides values-driven evaluation services to public agencies, foundations and community-based organizations, while also continuing to provide technical assistance to make research and evaluation accessible to nonprofit organizations working in diverse California communities.  He also serves as the Administrator for SSG's Community IRB.

Paul Simon, MD, MPH

About Paul Simon, MD, MPH

Dr. Paul Simon is the Chief Science Officer at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH) and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Dr. Simon received his MD from the University of Michigan School of Medicine and his MPH in Epidemiology from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. He completed a two-year fellowship in field epidemiology with the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS Program) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He then served as a Medical Epidemiologist in the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention at the CDC before joining DPH where he was the Director of the Office of Health Assessment and Epidemiology and the Director of the Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention before assuming his current position. Dr. Simon is board certified in pediatrics and preventive medicine.

Bonnie Olsen, PhD
Vice Chair for Research, Department of Family Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at USC
About Bonnie Olsen, PhD

Bonnie Olsen, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist with extensive experience as a geropsychologist working in academic medicine. In her clinical role she provides cognitive assessment in an interprofessional geriatric primary care setting. As the Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Family Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at USC, Dr. Olsen is principal investigator in several research and program grants that support interprofessional geriatric education and elder abuse prevention and response. She has expertise related to elder abuse in the context of dementia, assessment of capacity, and the intersection of elder abuse and the Court. She has been a member of the Judicial Council of California, Mental Health & Probate Committee since 2019 and has remained dedicated to community service throughout her career.

Edward Zuniga, Ed.D.
Superintendent, El Monte Union High School District
About Edward Zuniga, Ed.D.

LaVonna B. Lewis, PhD, MPH
Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy
About LaVonna B. Lewis, PhD, MPH

LaVonna Blair Lewis, Ph.D., MPH, is the Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. Dr. Lewis joined the USC faculty in 1996 from Rice University where she received her PhD in Political Science. Dr. Lewis’ areas of research and professional interests consistently focus on cultural competency and health equity, both targeting the health status and health care needs of underrepresented groups. Her work has appeared in the American Journal of Public Health, Family and Community Health, the American Journal of Health Behavior, Social Science and Medicine, the Journal of General Internal Medicine, and other health management and policy journals. All of the work to date has employed a community based participatory research framework that partners with the relevant stakeholder groups in developing the research questions.