Cannabis Community Care and Research Network (C3RN)
We are a network of dedicated academics, cannabis industry, healthcare providers, consumers, and patients who aim to advance the science and research around medical and adult use cannabis.
Cannabis Community Care and Research Network (C3RN) is a company that specializes in providing high-quality advocacy, research, and education services related to Cannabis. As a social justice-oriented organization, we specialize in designing, monitoring, and evaluating models of integrating adult-use and medical Cannabis to positively impact social, clinical, and public health outcomes.
Our vision is to develop a financially sustainable Center of Excellence for Cannabis Care and Research in Massachusetts that embraces collaboration and highlights local ownership and expertise in the Commonwealth.
Our goal is to de-stigmatize the use of Cannabis and advance the science and integration of Cannabis therapies into mainstream healthcare system. The scientific evidence related to the impact Cannabis can have on the opioid epidemic is compelling. We intend to drive the implementation of programs and education that promotes the integration of medical Cannabis as a therapeutic alternative to opioids.
WHO WE ARE
We are a group of dedicated professionals that thrive on creativity, innovation, and community engagement in the Cannabis industry. We are passionate about leveraging our experience to reduce the stigma, advance the clinical use of Cannabis, and document how legal and medical Cannabis can improve social health and economic outcomes in Massachusetts and beyond.
We bring a range of expertise from Cannabis community advocacy and cultivation, to developing digital health technology and health education solutions for health workers in low income countries, improving financial transparency and accountability, legal services, and construction and creative design. We bring our experience with the goal of advancing the science and implementation of best practices to the industry in order to advance Cannabis as a medicine.
First and foremost we are a grassroots organization for the people, by the people. All of us at C3RN are passionate about our work, because we have each experienced the real therapeutic benefit of Cannabis in our own way. We created the virtual Center of Excellence as a way to increase our accessibility to our entire community: medical patients, adult consumers, industry professionals, entrepreneurs, and health practitioners.
C3RN Subject Matter Experts
Kate Phillips - Medical Cannabis Education Expert
Kate Phillips is a cannabis industry veteran. Through her experiences working with fast paced start-ups, high compliance environments, and poorly informed cannabis industry staff and patients, Kate has developed a unique perspective and skill set that she brings to cannabis industry consulting. As Silk Cannabis’s founder and owner, Kate personally develops innovative educational marketing materials, educational programs for staff trainings, and curated patient experiences to help differentiate brands in this emerging market. She bases her philosophy of Elevated Education on working to create accessible, research based educational materials about cannabis for both companies and patients.
Ashiye Aaytor - BUSPH Health Policy Intern
Ashiye Aator is a pursuing a Master in Public Health from Boston University with a concentration in Health Policy and Global Health and will be graduating in May of 2019. She has a Bachelor of Science from Manchester University in Political Science and International Relations. Ashiye is passionate about using the Social Determinants of Health to address barriers to healthcare services in predominantly minority communities and in developing nations around the world. In addition, she is interested in cannabis policy and increasing access to cannabis products to treat mental health conditions as compared to the standard pharmacological approach.
Sarah Trocchio, M.A., M.S.W., Ph.D. - Drug Policy Expert
Sarah Trocchio is a scholar, advocate and educator with an expertise in drug policies and social equity. Her Ph.D. is in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University-Newark, and she is an incoming Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Rider University in New Jersey. Prior to obtaining her Ph.D., Sarah received her M.S.W. from Boston University and her M.A. in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University-Newark in 2013. She has published, presented, and taught widely in the fields of social work and criminal justice, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She is passionate about working in service of an equitable cannabis industry for all.