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Community Liaison Council (CLC)

Community Liaison Council Mission Statement

The mission of the CFAR Community Liaison Council is to support open communication between CFAR researchers and community members to ensure that HIV-related research findings are shared with the community and community concerns are shared with HIV researchers to promote health equity in the South. The Council does this by collaborating with CFAR researchers, by participating in community outreach events, and by recognizing community, policy, research, and youth leaders in the response to HIV.

The Community Liaison Council (CLC) is a CFAR advisory body comprising community advocates, local HIV service organization leaders, public health experts, and people living with or at risk for HIV from diverse communities that reflect the metro-Atlanta epidemic. To uphold inclusive representation, the CLC intentionally recruits members from the communities listed above who have an interest in advancing HIV research with significant community impact. The CLC supports open communication between HIV researchers and key stakeholders, helps CFAR Members ensure research ideas are relevant and responsive to community needs, and shares CFAR-supported research findings with the community.

Key Activities of the CLC

Technical Assistance:

  • Study recruitment and/or materials
  • Community Advisory Board development and/or management
  • Community engagement strategy


  • Research proposal feedback calls and/or meetings with HIV investigators
  • Letter of support from CLC leadership

CLC Leadership and Members

Damaris Henderson (she/her/hers)

Community Engagement Specialist, SisterLove Inc.
CLC Co-Chair

Queen Hatcher-Johnson

Gender Inclusive Program Manager, Positive Impact Health Centers
CLC Co-Chair

Evan Farnsworth, RN (he/him/his)

Emory Healthcare Information Services
CLC Secretary

Shannon Clawson, MPH (they/them/theirs)

Statewide Outreach Manager, Georgia Equality

Gwen Davies, PhD (she/her/hers)

Behavioral Health Director, Positive Impact Health Centers

Daniel Henry (he/his/they/theirs)

Lead Community Museum Docent and Studio Coordinator, REMERGE

Nina Martinez

Deidre Williams

LaMar Yarborough

Founder & Executive Director, H.Y.P.E. to Empower, Inc.

Contact the CLC

Contact the CLC

If you are interested in learning more about the CLC, requesting their assistance with a research proposal, and/or becoming a CLC Member, please send an email to CLC@emory.edu.

Stay Connected

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Contact Us

Center for AIDS Research at Emory University
1518 Clifton Rd, NE
R. Randall Rollins Building, R558
Mailstop: 1518-002-5CC
Atlanta, GA 30322-4201
404.727.2924  |  cfaradmin@emory.edu