UMMS and Mosaic Cultural Complex launch project to improve informed consent process

UMass Medical School Communications

October 11, 2013

A pilot project to develop simulation-based informed consent protocols for research volunteers is being launched by UMass Medical School and the Mosaic Cultural Complex on Tuesday, Oct.15, at UMMS.

The “Simulation-based Community-engaged Research Intervention for Informed Consent Protocol Testing and Training” (SCRIIPTT) will use an innovative approach in which the community trains research staff to be more culturally competent in delivering the informed consent process. Training sessions between community members and research staff will happen in the newly expanded Inter-professional Center for Experiential Learning and Simulation (iCELS) located in the Albert Sherman Center.

The research team is led by Brenda Jenkins, executive director of Mosaic, and Jeroan Allison, MD, professor of quantitative health sciences and associate vice provost for health disparities research at UMMS. Jenkins has dedicated more than 30 years of effort to improving the lives of vulnerable populations, specifically men of color and their families. Other members of the research team have extensive expertise in community health, clinical research, health equity, bioethics and medical education.