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USASP 2024 Juneteenth Event – Empowering Voices of Freedom: A Look to the Past for the Future of Authentic Engagement of Underrepresented Communities in Research

7 June 2024

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Monday, June 17, 2024, 12:00-1:00 p.m. EDT/9:00 a.m. PST

Join the US Association for the Study of Pain for a free one-hour webinar in honor of Juneteenth. The focus of this event is how to meaningfully engage minoritized people with lived experience of pain in research. This includes establishing true community partnerships, avoiding tokenizing, giving back to communities, enrolling, and retaining them in research.

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Dr. Staja “Star” Booker, PhD, RN, assistant professor, University of Florida, College of Nursing, is a nurse scientist studying the lived experience of chronic pain in older adults. Her work in disparities and inequities focuses on osteoarthritis pain in older African Americans, where she investigates movement-evoked pain, function, and pain self-management. Significant contributions include developing the first nursing clinical practice recommendations, and a model for pain assessment and pain measurement in older African Americans. She has published more than 80 articles and given numerous presentations. She is a recent past board member for USASP and current Chair of the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Committee for the American Society for Pain Management Nursing.


JoTerrica “Jo” Cross, DSW Candidate, MSW, Homeless Program coordinator, Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs, is a US Army veteran and a member of the Pain/Opioid CORE Veteran Engagement Panel (VEP). With lived experience of chronic pain and opioid use, Jo contributes to advance research by providing valuable insights and collaborating on various projects. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in social work at the University of Southern California Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Jo’s Social Work Grand Challenge is focused on ending homelessness, particularly among military veterans. She has made significant contributions as a member of the veterans programs on the Homeless Team, working diligently to end veteran homelessness in Minnesota.


Regina Greer-Smith, MPH, LFACHE, is president and CEO of Healthcare Research Associates, LLC, a community-based organization in California. Her mission includes building and maintaining collaborations between communities and stakeholders that enable improved healthcare outcomes with a primary focus toward addressing issues of health disparities and health inequities in vulnerable populations/underserved, minority, and communities with elevated risk. Regina collaborates with numerous academic medical centers with researchers, stakeholders, and interest holders, creating guidance and programs to ensure DEI in clinical trials worldwide. 

Regina holds a master’s degree in public health and a life-fellow (board certification) with the American College of Healthcare Executives. She maintains memberships in the National Networks of Libraries of Medicine/Pacific Coast Region, and has been an ambassador for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) since 2014. She was a member of PCORI’s Inaugural Advisory Panel for Patient Engagement. She has co-authored numerous reports and manuscripts with research teams on engagement and collaborations between researchers and minority communities.



Brittany Dorsonne (she/her), is clinical research coordinator at Stanford University School of Medicine
Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, Division of Pain Medicine – Pain Relief Innovations Lab.

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This event is FREE for all USASP members and non-members.

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