Melvin Jackson, MSPH, has over 35 years of experience in community engagement, public health research and program coordination. He is a principal partner with The PRIME Collective, LLC, a group of community experts who consults and partners with investigators in how to incorporate principles of community engagement into all phases of research. The PRIME Collective also provides an avenue for addressing many of the barriers faced around community members engaging in academic research. Melvin Jackson is the founding community co-director of the Graduate Certificate in Participatory Research.
He also serves as Community Course Director for the Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars Program at the University of North Carolina, which provides two years of training, networking and skill-development in engaged scholarship to interdisciplinary faculty. Melvin Jackson is a Consultant to Community-Campus Partnerships for Health through its work on the RWJF Clinical Scholars Program.
He is also the Public Health Advocacy Coordinator/Local Improvement Advisor with the Alexander YMCA SCALE (Spreading Community Accelerators through Learning and Evaluation) with the Southeast Raleigh Promise Collaborative. The Collaborative is a part of the transformative redevelopment initiative, a community that will become a vibrant and vital link to elementary education, affordable housing, health and wellness, economic opportunity and leadership development in Southeast Raleigh.