Center Structure

Ian Coulter, Patricia Herman, and Michele Maiers, co-directors of the Center, jointly make decisions regarding the operation of the Center. The co-directors are advised by three groups:

  1. The Executive Committee (EC) is made up of the presidents of each of the member CIH institutions or their designees who have been given executive authority to make decisions on behalf of that institution, plus non-voting ex officio representatives (one each) from the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners and the NCMIC Foundation. The EC nominates/appoints from its voting members a smaller working group of the EC called the Leadership Council (LC).
    • The Leadership Council (LC) is made up of three officers of the EC (the chair, vice-chair/secretary, and one at-large member) and empowered to deliberate and make decisions on behalf of the EC. Membership of the LC is reasonably representative of the professions and institutions. The LC makes decisions based on majority rule: two LC members constitute a quorum. The chair of the LC has the responsibility to communicate the actions of the LC to the EC at large.
  2. The Research Advisory Board (RAB) is appointed by the institutional/voting members of the EC with each member of the EC (thus, each member institution) appointing one member of the RAB. Members of the RAB have the highest degree available in their academic discipline and a research track record. The RAB is the main body involved in helping the co-directors address the needs of researchers involved in the Center.
  3. The Advisory Committee is a group of highly experienced CIH researchers and those knowledgeable about the use of CIH in communities, including minorities and the underserved. These experts have agreed to lend their advice to the REACH Center and its partnering institutions on planned projects, strategic planning, future directions, and potential collaborations between the REACH Center and other groups seeking to engage CIH practitioners. They will also help identify reviewers for mock review sessions and mentors for Center clinician scientists. The Committee will have a Chair and at least one of the co-directors will attend each meeting.

The CIH Research Network is a web-based platform to support collaboration across member institutions. It is the core of the Center and allows different levels of access to member institutions’ researchers, faculty, staff, and students. At the CIH Research Network, research concepts are conceived, designed, proposed, and submitted to the co-directors for review and approval to become Center proposals. This network also provides a platform for members to, with the support of Center mentors and reviewers, collaboratively write successful proposals. In support of these efforts the Network provides online access to a number of resources including:

  • searchable directory of Center member institutions and their researchers’ interests and experience;
  • list of resources including available labs, datasets, and patient populations;
  • discussion group forums to share ideas, and connect with others, and identify needed resources;
  • webinars covering methods and new and ongoing research;
  • posts on newly published research;
  • lists and links to possible funding sources and RFAs; and
  • links to other resources of interest.