We are sharing a post that PCORI Ambassador Janice Tufte, who is a patient co-investigator on a PCORI-funded project, wrote for the Group Health Research Institute blog about how she became involved with health research.


Do you have the curiosity, passion, and commitment to contribute to health services research? Here’s one way to go forward to have a national impact.

I’ve volunteered for years with my local health care system, Group Health. I’ve been on councils and advisory groups and found these governance positions rewarding. The other volunteers and I learn while contributing. We share how we as patients want to be served and contribute towards best practices to run an efficient clinic. Because of this experience, a few years ago, I was asked if I would read and comment on a research proposal from Group Health Research Institute (GHRI), the independent research arm of Group Health. The scientists were not sure if it would be funded, but was I interested?

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