Stakeholder Consortium


The consortium core reflects Yale-TCC's commitment to community-based participatory research. More than 60 stakeholders from Caribbean health, policy, and community settings serve on dedicated workgroups that facilitate meaningful participation in research efforts to address long-standing disparities in hypertension and diabetes among African descent and Hispanic populations. Together, consortium members help identify research priorities, design studies, and analyze and interpret results. The consortium core also provides opportunities for members to build their professional networks and increase their capacity for research and implementation through pilot and demonstration project programs. 

  • African Caribbean Cancer Consortium
  • Barbados Association of Medical Practitioners
  • Barbados Ministry of Health
  • Caribbean Council of Family Practitioners
  • Caribbean Exploratory Research Center
  • Caribbean Nurses Organization
  • Center for Behavior Change, NYU School of Medicine
  • Center for Collaborative Research in Disparities, Univ of Puerto Rico (RCMI)
  • Chronic Disease Research Center
  • Church of the Nazarene
  • CienciaPR
  • Diabetes Services & Solutions
  • East Harlem Partnership for Diabetes Prevention
  • Flatbush Family Health Center at NYU Langone
  • Frederiksted Health Care
  • Greater Newark HealthCare Coalition
  • Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC)
  • Ponce Research Institute
  • PR Clinical & Translational Research Center
  • Queen Elizabeth Hospital
  • Schneider Regional Medical Ctr
  • Trinidad Ministry of Health
  • Trinidad South West Regional Health Authority
  • Univ of Puerto Rico Graduate School of Public Health
  • Univ of the Virgin Islands
  • V.I. University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD)

Governing Board

The governing board is the primary decision-making body for the consortium. Members, who include representatives from each workgroup, provide strategic direction regarding priorities, policies, and goals.

Chairs: Sir Trevor Hassell, MD (Barbados) and Laverne E. Ragster, PhD (USVI)
Fellow: Stephanie Date, MBBS (Barbados)

Collaborative Learning

The collaborative learning workgroup facilitates training and educational opportunities, including hosting informative webinars and recommending topics for the virtual curriculum. 

Chair: Akenath Misir, MBBS (Trinidad & Tobago)
Fellow: Gabriella Alphonso, MSc, RD (Trinidad & Tobago)

Consortium Well-Being

The consortium well-being workgroup promotes network cohesion through innovative social activities that unite and engage team members. 

Chair: Jose Capriles, MD (Puerto Rico)
Fellow: Marleen Jones-Pool (United States)

Data Sharing

The data sharing workgroup advises the consortium on practices for sharing and integrating data so that stakeholders can perform their own research analyses and interpretations. 

Chair: Ian Hambleton, PhD (Barbados)
Fellow: Saida Harrigan (United States)


The implementation workgroup provides guidance on the selection and implementation of pilot and demonstration projects, particularly ethical considerations regarding research design, implementation, and dissemination. 

Chair: Sharon Williams (USVI)
Fellow: Josue Davila (Puerto Rico)

Yale-TCC hosts a one-year fellowship program for graduate students or junior faculty affiliated with member academic institutions. Each fellow is assigned to a specific workgroup. Fellows receive training on facilitation and leadership and are responsible for preparing quarterly reports, managing communication, and supporting consortium efforts. For more information about the fellows program, please contact