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Centering Racial Equity and Community Voice to Improve Research Development, Execution, and Analysis

Over the last two years, Urban Institute researchers have developed a Community Advisory Board to help identify ways to center racial equity in quantitative and qualitative research for a project focused on Medicaid and health equity. With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and in collaboration with Community Catalyst’s Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation, Urban launched this diverse board in 2020 to support this project. The board’s goal is to improve the salience and impact of Urban’s research on the project by helping researchers incorporate the voices of people with lived experience as researchers develop, execute, analyze, and disseminate their research and policy analyses and identify solutions that can equitably improve outcomes on the ground.

Please join the Urban Institute for a conversation about the Community Advisory Board’s structure and evolution and the successes and lessons learned through the ongoing collaboration. This event will feature insights from Urban researchers and members of the Community Advisory Board, highlighting the benefits to funders and researchers from supporting such partnerships. 



  • Eva H. Allen, Member, Urban Institute Equity Project Research team
  • Crystal Evans, Member, Urban Institute Equity Project Community Advisory Board 
  • Anuj Gangopadhyaya, Member, Urban Institute Equity Project Research team 
  • Myriam Hernandez-Jennings, Director of External Programs, Equity and Engagement, Community Catalyst
  • Drayton Jackson, Member, Urban Institute Equity Project Community Advisory Board 
  • Genevieve M. Kenney, Research Lead, Urban Institute Equity Project Research team  
  • Mona N. Shah, Senior Program Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation  
  • Kimá Joy Taylor, CAB lead, Urban Institute Equity Project Research team 
  • Grace Wilkins, Member, Urban Institute Equity Project Community Advisory Board


Support for this event is provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. For more information on the Urban Institute’s funding principles, go to

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. Please email [email protected] if you require any accommodations or have any questions about this event.


Date & Time Tuesday, February 22, 2022

  • Senior Research Associate
  • Senior Research Associate
  • Institute Fellow
  • Nonresident Fellow