2022 PCORI Annual Meeting Plenary

Social determinants of health significantly affect many peoples’ ability to prevent and manage chronic disease and are the fundamental drivers of health disparities. Achieving health equity requires that the United States address social determinants and create supportive environments for health where people spend most of their time. Historically marginalized communities must be integrated as partners in research, especially research that takes place where people live, work, learn, and play. This research will ensure partnering communities benefit from the research they help conduct and drive the implementation process.

This plenary presents stakeholders who work across the research spectrum, including organizations that represent their community’s health and equity interests in research; policy experts who can discuss historical, structural, and institutional barriers that drive disparities in chronic disease outcomes; and discussants of the importance of integrating medical and social services to address patient needs more fully.


J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE
President and Chief Executive Officer, Trust for America's Health

Jen Brown, MPH
Co-Founder & Co-Director, Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities
(Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University)

Jennifer Lee, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Alliance of Community Health Plans

Melvin Thompson, MBA
Executive Director, Endeleo Institute


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