This webinar featured two PCORI-funded Engagement Award projects that have focused on engaging mothers with substance use disorders (SUDs) in areas such as addressing COVID-19 and increasing stakeholder capacity to participate in patient-centered outcomes research/comparative clinical effectiveness research (PCOR/CER).

Meaningful engagement of a wide variety of stakeholders, particularly by centering and engaging the experience of mothers, is critical to successful PCOR/CER. Early and continued stakeholder involvement throughout a study can facilitate greater use and uptake of research results by patients and stakeholders within the health care community.

Awardees discussed their project’s efforts to create and implement strategies for connecting with and empowering patients and other stakeholders to engage in PCOR/CER focused on improving health outcomes for mothers with SUDs. Awardees also discussed how their work may provide the groundwork for future PCOR/CER initiatives on this topic.

Meeting Materials

Webinar Recording


Joanne Nicholson, Ph.D.
Brandeis University
Shannon Hennig, M.A., Patient Partner
Engagement Award Project: Virtual Engagement of Mothers with Mental Illness and Substance Use in the Context of COVID-19

Nichole Nidey, Ph.D.
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Tara Cain, Patient Partner
Engagement Award Project: Building PCOR/CER Capacity To Examine Access To Care For Families Affected By Substance Use Disorder

This webinar was open to the public and registration was required.

About this Webinar Series

The PCORI Engagement Award (EA) Program’s "Engagement Awardee Lunch and Learn" webinar series provides a platform for Engagement Awardees to share success stories, lessons learned and strategies for engagement across awardee communities that arise from their PCORI-funded EA project(s). Topics are designed to reach a broad array of stakeholders, offering innovative approaches to consider in real-world engagement and partnership development/maintenance.