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Administrative Core (ADMC)

The Administrative Core (ADMC) will provide central administrative and fiscal services and oversight for all MAARC activities inclusive of all MAARC cores, administrative units and institutions. The ADMC is designed to ensure the accountable, efficient, and excellent conduct of research, consultation, and stakeholder collaboration within JCOIN clinical trial sites, between the MAARC and Clinical Trial Center, and with NIDA.

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To accomplish these goals, the ADMC will be responsible for MAARC’s success in three domains: Organization, Governance, Collaboration, and Communication; Evaluation and Continuous Improvement; and Quality, Efficiency and Methodologic Rigor. The Administrative Core will fulfill these responsibilities by addressing three Specific Aims.

  • Specific Aim #1: Integrate existing organizational and collaborative infrastructure to ensure the accountable, efficient, and methodologically rigorous conduct of advanced analyses, data management and support, data collection and tracking and guiding of policy and practice: MAARC.
  • Specific Aim #2: Ensure the meaningful and useful evaluation of MAARC activities, using established metrics and other measures to inform decisions for continuous quality improvement, across the entire range of MAARC research and supportive missions.
  • Specific Aim #3: Provide administrative and fiscal management to MAARC Cores to ensure each meet their specific aims in compliance with federal, institutional, and JCOIN policies and maximize beneficial bi-directional interaction with community stakeholders and clinical trial leads. Led by two interdisciplinary researchers who are firmly grounded in real world clinical contexts (Schneider), policy interventions, and implementation (Pollack), the subject matter and topics to be supported through the ADMC will have relevance and impact for the field.  In addition, both hold leadership positions at the University of Chicago that will help facilitate bringing together stakeholders, scientists and the combination of the two as the MAARC works towards the goal of opioid overdose elimination.
John Schneider

John Schneider

PI – UC

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Dr. John Schneider MD, MPH is an infectious disease specialist and network epidemiologist in the Departments of Medicine and Health Studies. His NIH funded research focuses on how social networks can be leveraged to improve the health of at risk populations in resource restricted settings. Clinically, he specializes in adolescent and adult HIV primary care and has a specific interest in provision of high-quality care to LGBT community members. He has extensive experience with advancing the physician patient relationship in resource restricted settings, including his current clinic at a Federally Qualified Health Center on the South Side of Chicago and during his time working in Southern India. Learn more.

Harold Pollack

Harold Pollack

PI – UC

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Dr. Harold Pollack is the Helen Ross Professor at the School of Social Service Administration. He is also an Affiliate Professor in the Biological Sciences Collegiate Division and the Department of Public Health Sciences. He is Co-Director of The University of Chicago Crime Lab and a committee member of the Center for Health Administration Studies (CHAS) at the University of Chicago. Learn more.

Mainza Durrell

Mainza Durrell

Director of Research - UC

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As Director of Research, Dr. Durrell will provide oversight for all of CCHE’s research programs including the Methodology and Advanced Analytics Resource Center (MAARC). She will also have a leadership role in developing the research agenda for the Center. Dr. Durrell is bringing more than a decade of experience in the development, implementation, and evaluation of HIV/AIDS prevention interventions in minority and underserved communities in Sub-Saharan Africa and the United States.

Clovis Sarmiento

Clovis Sarmiento

Sr. Project Manager - UC

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Clovis is the Senior Project Manager for the MAARC and the Developmental Core Co-Administrator for the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research. He first joined the center in 2017 as an Administrative Specialist. He recieved his Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology from the Lyman Briggs School at Michigan State University and went on to recieve his Doctor of Medicine from the Philippines.