C-CORE Partners

C-CORE Leadership Team

C-CORE is a partnership involving four cornerstones of children's health and education in Boston:

Leadership Team Members

Deborah Allen, C-CORE Community Research AssociateDirector of Bureau of Child, Adolescent & Family Health, BPHC

Laura Bogart, C-CORE Associate Director and Research Team Co-Leader, Research Director, Division of General Pediatrics, BCH & Associate Professor of Pediatrics, HMS

April Allen, C-CORE Center Manager, Division of General Pediatrics, BCH

Jill Carter, C-Core Education Team Co-Leader, Executive Director of Health & Wellness, BPS

Paula McNichols, C-CORE Dissemination Team Co-Leader, Board Member, MLCHC & Executive Director, Brookside Community Health Center

Shari Nethersole, C-CORE Education Team Co-Leader and Co-Community Liaison,Medical Director for Community Health, BCH & Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, HMS

John Riordan, C-CORE Co-Community Liaison, Director of Community Partnerships, CHB

Snehal Shah, C-CORE Research Team Co-Leader, Director of Research and Evaluation, BPCH


Research Team

Laura Bogart, C-CORE Research Team Co-Leader

Snehal Shah, C-CORE Research Team Co-Leader

Education Team

Jill Carter, C-CORE Education Team Co-Leader

Shari Nethersole, C-CORE Education Team Co-Leader

Dissemination Team

Paula McNichols, C-CORE Dissemination Team Leader

C-CORE Administration

Diana Santiago, C-CORE Project Manager, Bureau of Child, Adolescent and Family Health, BPHC

Dorothy McLeod, C-CORE Research Assistant, Division of General Pediatrics, BCH


Advisory Boards

C-CORE activities are guided by a Community-Academic Advisory Board (CAAB) of diverse representatives from Boston community organizations/agencies and local academic experts.



  • Helps to identify community health research priorities and needs;

  • Facilitates and maintains relationships between C-CORE staff and community partners;

  • Develops, implements, and interprets results of research projects;

  • Develops plans for dissemination of successful research;

  • Educates researchers on community issues;

  • Integrates research findings into community programs; and

  • Provides ongoing feedback to staff on C-CORE activities.

The Mayor’s Youth Council (MYC), which is composed of high school students representing every Boston neighborhood, advises C-CORE on youth health priorities. In addition, C-CORE works with other youth advisory boards throughout the City of Boston.

Community-Academic Advisory Board (CAAB) Members

Bette Bohlke-O'Gara, Executive Director, KeySteps Boston, Inc.

Shari Davis, Director, Mayor's Youth Council (MYC)

Sarah de Ferranti, Director, Preventive Cardiology Clinic, BCH & Assistant Professor, HMS

Charles Deutsch, Deputy Director, Community Health Innovations & Research Program, Harvard Catalyst

Luba Feigenberg, Associate Director of Research & Evaluation, Boston Children’s Hospital Neighborhood Partnerships (BCHNP) & Instructor in Psychiatry, HMS

Jon Finkelstein, Vice Chair for Quality and Outcomes, Department of Medicine, BCH & Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Population Medicine, HMS

Elmer Freeman, Executive Director, Center for Community Health Education Research and Service, Inc.

Donna Friedman, Director, Center for Social Policy, UMass Boston McCormack Graduate School

Steve Gortmaker, Professor & Director of Prevention Research Center, Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH)

Daphne Griffin, Chief of Human Services, City of Boston

Rev. Gregory Groover, Sr., Vice President, Board of the Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston

Karen Hacker, Director, CBPR Consulting Program, Harvard Catalyst & Executive Director, Institute for Community Health

Esther Lopez, Executive Director, Martha Eliot Health Center

Carolyn Leung-Rubin, Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine

Claudio Martinez, Executive Director, Hyde Square Task Force

Jorge Martinez, Sr., Executive Director, Project Right

Margaret Noce, Executive Director, Jamaica Plain Coalition: Tree of Life/Arbol de Vida

Voula Osganian, Director, Clinical Research Program, BCH & Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, HMS

Judith Palfrey, Senior Associate in Medicine, BCH & Professor, HMS & HSPH

Deborah Jean Parsons, Director of Policy, Parent/Professional Advocacy League

Wanda Phipatanakul, Associate Physician in Allergy and Immunology, BCH & Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, HMS

Joan Reede, Dean of Diversity and Community Partnership, HMS

Sharon Scott-Chandler, Vice President, Action for Boston Community Development

Nandini Sengupta, Clinical Director of Pediatrics, The Dimock Center

Michael Silverstein, Associate Professor, Boston University

Georgia Simpson May, Director, Office of Health Equity, Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Lauren Smith, Medical Director, Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Neil Sullivan, Executive Director, Boston Private Industry Council

Roland Tang, Pediatrician, South Cove Community Health Center & Pediatric Physicians' Organization at Children's (PPOC)

Sara Toomey, Instructor in Pediatrics, BCH & HMS

Jane Tewksbury, Executive Director, Thrive in 5

Karen Van Unen, Chief Operating Officer, Dotwell

John Verre, Assistant Superintendent of Special Education, BPS

Ralph Vetters, Medical Director, Sidney Borum Jr. Health Center

Bill Walczak, President, Caritas Carney Hospital

Elizabeth Woods, Associate Chief of Adolescent Medicine, CHB & Associate Professor of Pediatrics, HMS

Abdirahman Yusuf, Executive Director, Somali Development Corporation