Heartland Alliance – Board Member
Jock Toles served as a lived-experience researcher on a community-based participatory research project in which the team developed and piloted an intervention to improve treatment engagement in African Americans living with HIV and serious mental illness. As part of that role, he participated in weekly team meetings over 10 months, recruited participants, helped participants complete surveys, facilitated the peer-led intervention, and facilitated dissemination of intervention results. To prepare for this project, he attended a two-day leadership training at the Chicago Health Disparities Center at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). He has also attended a suicide prevention workshop at the Chicago Health Disparities Center at IIT. He has spoken about his experience as a lived-experience researcher to faculty and students at IIT.
Involvement with PCORI
Engagement Award: Training and Development to Engage African American Patients with Mental Illness as Research Leaders – Working Group Member