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Institutional Review Board


 


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Institutional Review Board
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
313 N. Figueroa St., Room 127
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 250-8675 Phone
(213) 250-2594 Fax


Olga Coronado
IRB Administrative Deputy
313 N. Figueroa St., Room 127
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 989-7087 Phone
(213) 250-2594 Fax


Institutional Review Board Committee

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Institutional Review Board Committee currently consists of the following 10 members:

Members affiliated with the LA County Department of Public Health
John Walton Senterfitt, PhD. RN, MPH (Chair)
Margaret Shih, MD, PhD (Vice Chair)
Yealanda Charles, RN, PHN
Loren Lieb, MPH
Maxine Liggins, MD
Anna Long, PhD, MPH

Community Members
Anthony Braswell (Non-Scientific)
Miguel Fernandez (Non-Scientific)
Ron Osorio, Community Representative and Prisoner Advocate (Non-Scientific)
Susan Partridge, MBA, RN (Scientific)

Who does the IRB serve?
The Institutional Review Board serves all LA County Department of Public Health (DPH) facilities, staff, patients, clients, and databases, even if other agencies or individuals have primary responsibility.

The IRB also serves projects from the headquarters units and the Ambulatory Care Network of the LA County Department of Health Services. Some DHS-related projects must be reviewed by IRBs at the various County medical centers. Finally, the IRB serves several community partner organizations via memoranda of agreement.

Check with the IRB about coverage for a particular proposed project if you are in doubt.
What projects does the IRB review?
The IRB reviews any DPH-related research project that involves the collection or analysis of data from or about human subjects. Research projects may include…
  • Clinical trials

  • Focus groups

  • Data abstraction from
         medical records

  • Surveys


  • Though IRB procedures allow exemption for some data collection projects that are classified as program evaluation routine public health activity rather than research, the IRB must make the determination that a project is exempt. An abbreviated application for exemption is necessary, as explained in the forms located elsewhere on this web page.
    How to get help
    We encourage you to attend our training workshops on submitting an application to the Institutional Review Board. Contact our office for a list of upcoming training dates.

    John Walton Senterfitt, PhD, RN, MPH
    IRB Chair and Administrator

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