Scholarships for patients, caregivers, and students to attend the PCORI Annual Meeting (Nov. 17-19)
PCORI is now offering scholarships to patients, caregivers, and graduate students in the health fields to attend their Annual Meeting. Every year over 1,000 members of the healthcare community gather to make clinical research more useful and relevant. Hear from national leaders, researchers, patients, caregivers, and clinicians about key trends in patient-centered research, progress on PCORI-funded studies, and efforts to improve dissemination and implementation of research results.
Scholarships will cover the costs of travel, hotel, registration, as well as an allowance for other expenses. The application deadline is Friday, September 30.
To learn more about the event, visit their website here.
To view a draft agenda for the event, click here.
What: 2016 PCORI Annual Meeting
When: November 17 - 19 (Thursday to Saturday)
Where: greater Washington D.C. area (Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor, MD)
Registration costs: $300 for general attendees
Register by Thursday, October 27, 2016
This event is a "Patients Included" event which means that patients and caregivers are involved as full participants in the event's planning and delivery. To learn more about "Patients Included" visit their website here.
July 28, 2016 – CHARA has been approved for a $50,000 award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to develop a research study that focuses on colorectal cancer screening through the Tier III Pipeline to Proposal award.
CHARA will use the funds provided through PCORI’s Pipeline to Proposal Awards program to build a partnership of individuals and groups who share a desire to advance patient-centered outcomes research focused on colorectal cancer screening.
Pipeline to Proposal Awards enable individuals and groups that are not typically involved in clinical research to develop the means to develop community-led funding proposals focused on patient-centered comparative effectiveness research (CER). Established by the non-profit PCORI, the program funds three tiers of awards that help individuals or groups build community partnerships, develop research capacity, and hone a comparative effectiveness research question that could become the basis of a research funding proposal to submit to PCORI or other health research funders.
Through this year long funding period, CHARA will be refining a CER question aimed at addressing colorectal cancer and will develop this into a research proposal with guidance from expert advisors, PCORI program officers, community stakeholders and patients. The initial CER questions were created during our Tier II award period and framed around health priorities identified by the community. CHARA will also continue to strengthen partnerships and support local health efforts.
“The Pipeline to Proposal Awards program is a manifestation of PCORI’s commitment to the meaningful involvement of patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other stakeholders in all our research endeavors,” said Jean Slutsky, PA, MSPH, PCORI's Chief Engagement and Dissemination Officer. “It provides support to those who may not otherwise have an opportunity to contribute to the field of comparative effectiveness research. We’re pleased to follow the awardees’ progress as they develop partnerships and begin to form research questions.”
PCORI is an independent, non-profit organization authorized by Congress in 2010 to fund comparative effectiveness research that will provide patients, their caregivers, and clinicians with the evidence needed to make better-informed health and healthcare decisions. PCORI is committed to seeking input from a broad range of stakeholders to guide its work.
ORPRN Convocation & Oregon Family Physician of the Year
In March, the CHARA governing board attended the Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network Annual Convocation in Portland. This year’s convocation topic was “Addressing Health Disparities in Primary Care” with a focus on integrating community health workers (CHWs) into local health systems to address social determinants of health. CHARA had the opportunity to present on its development at the poster session.
Elizur Bello, a community health worker and health services program manager at The Next Door Inc. based in Hood River, was one of the event speakers. He shared about his personal experience as a CHW and inspired attendees with his real-life examples of how CHWs fill specific needs and gaps in patient care in the Columbia Gorge.
In conjunction with the ORPRN convocation, the Oregon Academy of Family Physicians held their Annual Spring Family Medicine Weekend where Dr. Kristen Dillon, CHARA’s Medical Director, was nominated as the 2016 Oregon Family Physician of the Year. Dr. Dillon is characterized by her strive for equity across the community and her efforts to optimize access to Medicaid expansion and services. She is admired by nominators as a physician who is filled with understanding and compassion, and a “prime-mover in what is now a powerful culture of transformation”. Dr. Dillon played a key role in starting Pacific Source, Columbia Gorge’s Coordinated Care Organization, and continues to provide strong leadership to meet financial and clinical targets as the CCO’s Director. We are happy to have passionate community experts on the CHARA board!
March CAC Presentation
During the Columbia Gorge Health Council CAC meeting in March, Dr. Dillon presented on CHARA's mission, accomplishments, and current opportunities for community participation. Additionally, we conducted a questionnaire to learn more about community perspectives on screening tests and health care communication and will use results to inform our future work in addressing community health priorities,
April marked the last month of our PCORI P2P Tier II award. The governing board compiled a final report documenting our milestones during the 9 month funding period and submitted a proposal to the PCORI Tier III award. This award would secure an additional year of funding to sustain and strengthen our network, and develop a Comparative Effective Research proposal for a topic that matters to our region.
Tier II Accomplishments:
We also would like to recognize and thank Kitsy Stanley for her dedication and efforts in helping our network run smoothly over the past year. While much of her work has been behind the scenes, it goes without saying that she has been an invaluable member of the governing board. Thank you for all of your work in supporting CHARA! We are excited that she will be taking more time to spend with her new grandchildren.
On Saturday, November 7th, 20 community and academic partners participated in the CHARA Community Research retreat held at Water’s Edge in The Dalles.
Partners reflected on the benefits of the retreat:
“…it was a very safe and inviting space to learn and ask questions that can lead to collaborative partnership”
“Great people, great atmosphere, great authentic vibe”
“Rarely is it worth giving up a Saturday for a work event - this was an exception”
“I don't know what was on your list of 30 rules [for collaboration], but I bet that we followed them all. That's what true collaboration looks like. A friend of mine was in [the area] for a [another] research conference. We shared stories of our day and we both agreed that mine won hands down. It really changed my outlook in ways I didn't expect. Thank you for including me.”
The partners met to discuss personal interests, learn about CHARA’s history and mission, reflect on what makes academic-community partnerships work, and to engage in preliminary discussion regarding research collaborations focused on three broad areas of community interest:
Moving forward CHARA will focus on:
Notes from the CHARA retreat are available below.
We appreciate those who were able to attend, share, and contribute to the discussion to make this such a rich experience. We will reach out to individuals regarding specific next steps.
Melinda Davis, PhD and Kristin Dillon, MD (CHARA co-leads)
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