Bidding Farewell with Gratitude
These new Board members joined us as we bade farewell to four individuals who completed their terms of service: Larry Becker, Gail Hunt, Freda Lewis-Hall, MD, and Grayson Norquist, MD, MSPH.
Each of our outgoing Board members made indelible contributions to PCORI. We are sincerely grateful for their years of dedication and leadership. Together with their colleagues, they helped shape and guide PCORI’s approach to research done differently and established the foundation for research relevant to patients and the broader healthcare community. They have truly advanced PCORI’s mission to help patients and those who care for them make better-informed healthcare decisions.
Throughout his time on the Board, Larry served as the Chair of the Finance and Administration Committee; the Education, Dissemination, and Implementation Committee (EDIC); and the Conflict of Interest Committee and was a member of the Executive Compensation Committee. His experience in the business sector gave us new angles for how to think about evaluation questions, most recently around diversity and inclusion data and uptake of our research findings.
Gail made significant contributions to our palliative care initiative and was a passionate advocate for family caregivers. She served on the EDIC, the Science Oversight Committee, and the Selection Committee as a member and Co-Chair and was never afraid to ask the tough questions.
Each of our outgoing Board members made indelible contributions to PCORI. We are sincerely grateful for their years of dedication and leadership.
Freda’s creative thinking and problem solving served us well as we thought through ways to transform research. Her ability to marry outside-the-box thinking and practical solutions was invaluable as we sought to launch novel projects. We’re grateful for her contributions as Chair of the Research Transformation Committee.
We also express our deep appreciation and gratitude to Gray, who so ably served as Chairperson of PCORI’s Board of Governors for six years. His leadership in engaging patients and stakeholders in our research efforts combined with a strong commitment to funding rigorous research were foundational to PCORI’s mission and vision. Gray was also a member of the EDIC and served as Chair of the Governance Committee.
Our outgoing members have all given PCORI 10 years of outstanding leadership, serving on the Board since PCORI’s inception and seeing us through our funding reauthorization. We are grateful for their commitment and for teaching us the importance of listening to our stakeholders, balancing their input, and translating it into innovative ways to examine research questions. We express our gratitude to them for showing us it’s possible to build an organization and weather uncertain times by remaining focused on delivering on our mission and building a robust and resilient organization that can move nimbly to serve its mission. We appreciate them for helping us take bold steps—and risks—to include patients and caregivers as partners in the research enterprise. We thank them for championing the important role of science, engagement, and implementation and dissemination in addressing critical health issues.
Moving Forward Boldly
We have a full agenda as our incoming class of Board members joins us. Last winter’s legislation reauthorizing our funding for 10 years included new research priority areas for us to address: strategies for improving maternal mortality and improving health for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Also, we are beginning a forward-looking re-examination of our National Priorities for Health and Research Agenda that guide our comparative clinical effectiveness research funding. Those efforts all fall within our strategic plan that we will shape in the months ahead.
And of course, we will continue our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, bringing to bear our resources and unique place in the health research environment to add to knowledge on prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of infection and disease. We look forward to our new Board members’ guidance and contributions to the important work we will do in the coming years.
We know our Board will provide thoughtful leadership to support our focus on new ways to meet our stakeholders’ needs for useful evidence, answering the questions vital to them as they make challenging decisions in an evolving healthcare system.