Dr. Politi is Director of the Center for Collaborative Care Decisions as well as a health psychologist and behavioral scientist. Her primary research interests include health communication and shared decision-making. Her work helps patients and the public understand health information, explore what is important to them when making health decisions, and collaborate to make evidence-informed decisions that meet their needs. Dr. Politi also trains clinicians in shared decision making and patient engagement through a semester-long class on health literacy and shared decision-making.
Viktoria Schmitz, BS
Viktoria Schmitz is a public health research coordinator who has worked in the lab since 2022 and in clinical research since 2020. She first started her work in clinical research recruiting for projects on fetal care development in the Department of OB/GYN. She has expertise in qualitative data collection and analysis and recruitment across multiple projects
Stakeholder engagement is a core principle of our work. Including end users (e.g., patients, clinicians, informatics experts, hospital leaders, policy makers when relevant) when designing, testing, implementing and disseminating our work ensures that our tools and resources meet the needs of all involved. We include broad representation and diversity across stakeholders, and compensate stakeholders for their time and engagement in way that is fair, equitable, and consistent across people.
Our center has a Community Advisory Board advising the work that we do, reviewing our measures, projects, and decision aids. We also work with clinical teams and hospital leaders as advisors. Please let us know if you would like to include members of our advisory boards in your project, or we can connect you to others in your project’s population of interest.
Clinical and Research Advisors
Community Advisory Board (CAB)
Anthony Adamgbo, PhD, MHA, MA, RODC
Dr. Anthony Adamgbo is an Organization Development Scholar-Practitioner, Patient Safety Advocate, Educator, and Process Consultant. Anthony is the Execution Consultant at Excedia Associates.
Denise Brunson-Harris, MHA
Inspired by the belief that equitable healthcare is an essential human right, Ms. Brunson-Harris uses her knowledge and skills in the business of healthcare delivery and abilities to help achieve this effort in her community. She completed baccalaureate and graduate studies in psychology and health administration and planning respectfully at Washington University in St. Louis and earned a Master of Health Administration from Webster University.
Jennifer Irvin, MHSA, CHW-C
A dedicated team member of BJC Healthcare for over 26 years, Ms. Irvin serves as a school-community education partner for BJC School-Outreach and Youth Development, an interactive health education program to help equip K-12 students with health knowledge and skills needed to make informed decisions around health behaviors and academic success. In addition to this work, Ms. Irvin authored the BJC Healthcare Core Policy RM14P1 that serves as the basis for forging positive school partnerships and allows high school students to participate in internships and other career activities.
A St. Louis native who grew up in a close-knit historical North St. Louis neighborhood, Ms. Strong was raised with a solid, enriched understanding of service and community. Ms. Strong has decades’ worth of experience in the areas of youth development, health and cultural education, as well as property management. She finds true joy and expression through expanding her outreach and service, sharing her natural gifts and abilities, and evolving and deepening her ability to bring forth healing, humanity and progressive change to her communities.
Ms. Whitaker is the owner and Chief Executive Officer of Midwest Express Home Care, a provider of personalized in-home care services for seniors and adults with disabilities who live in their own homes. A St. Louis native who has a passion for serving her community and their neighboring regions, Ms. Whitaker was inspired to start her business after providing care for her own family members who faced challenges while living independently at home.