My work includes building and maintaining collaborations between communities and stakeholders that enable improved healthcare outcomes. I am a member of the Advisory Panel on Patient Engagement and several PCORI-funded initiatives (such as CAPriCORN and PCORnet). I incorporate the mission and vision of PCORI in all engagement, planning, and relationship-building activities. Sharing the mission and vision of PCORI has provided both researchers and communities with a patient-centered framework for engagement.
• PCORI’s Assessment of Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment Options Funding Priority;
• PCORI’s Improving Healthcare Systems Funding Priority;
• PCORI’s Communication and Dissemination Research Funding Priority;
• PCORI’s Addressing Disparities Funding Priority;
• Health and healthcare outcomes of racial and ethnic minority groups;
• Health and healthcare outcomes of low-income groups;
• Health and healthcare outcomes of women;
• Health and healthcare outcomes of older adults (age 65 and older
The S.T.A.R. Initiative team recently participated as one of 14 finalist selected world-wide in the "Inspiring Hope" Ideathon in Boston sponsored by INC Research & CISCRP on Sept 27 & 28 to spread the importance of clinical trials for underserved communities.
I am co-founder of The PCORI-funded research training project entitled "Pastors4PCOR, Inspiring Faith-Communities in CER & PCOR", where our team developed and delivered a research training curriculum to 14 Research Ministry Ambassadors.
The S.T.A.R. Initiative enables the participation of underserved, racial and ethnic communities into clinical trials through a robust engagement process that includes educational programs and resources that will provide them with the tools, information, resources to engage and educate, thus leading them to make informed decisions about enrollment clinical trials, the benefits of enrollment.Our organization's vision is the inclusion of all communities to clinical trials.