2021 PCORI Virtual Annual Meeting Breakout Session

PCORI’s approach to research ensures that patients and other stakeholders are partners in the design, conduct, and dissemination of research. But today’s environment brims with skepticism of health science, distrust of research, and increased demand for inclusion and equitability in decisions making. Meanwhile, health organizations and funders are under increased pressure to improve health equity. The vastness and complexity of these challenges can be overwhelming. During this roundtable discussion, panelists will share insights for building diverse, equitable, and inclusive health research partnerships. They will also share lessons to help empower different points of view, address bias, and potentially increase the trustworthiness of scientific processes and results.

Participants (Moderators and Discussants)

Gwen Darien
Executive Vice President for Patient Advocacy and Engagement
Patient Advocate Foundation/National Patient Advocate Foundation

Charles Griggs
President, Eighth & Whitner Group, LLC, and Engagement Coordinator, COMPPARE
UF Proton Therapy Institute

Matthew Hudson
Director of Cancer Care Delivery Research, Prisma Health
Associate Prof., Department of Medicine, University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville

Nancy Mendenhall
Medical Director, University of Florida (UF) Health Proton Therapy Institute
Prof. and Associate Chair, UF Health Radiation Oncology

Denese Neu
Engagement Officer, Public and Patient Engagement
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

Liza Winthrop Grammel
Marketing and Communications Specialist, Department of Radiation Oncology
UF College of Medicine; Journal Manager, International Journal of Particle Therapy


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