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WASHINGTON, DC — On Monday, May 23, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Executive Director, Nakela L. Cook, MD, MPH, will join Health Affairs Editor-in-Chief Alan Weil for the next installment of the publication’s Policy Spotlight series. This timely one-on-one discussion will focus on PCORI’s patient-centered approach to health research and the generation of evidence to inform health policy.

  • Date: Monday, May 23, 2022
  • Time: 2 pm – 3 pm (ET)
  • Place: Online details to be shared with registrants 24 hours in advance of the event

Health Affairs Policy Spotlights are virtual events launched in 2021 featuring in-depth conversations with influential health policy experts. Prior Spotlights have featured Carole Johnson, Administrator for the Health Resources and Services Administration and Meena Seshamani, the Deputy Administrator & Director of the Center for Medicare in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, among others.

PCORI is an independent, nonprofit organization authorized by Congress in 2010 to fund research that empowers patients, their families, and caregivers with actionable information about healthcare choices. PCORI focuses on comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER), which looks at different approaches to health care delivery to see what works best for different people in different circumstances.

Dr. Cook leads PCORI in its second decade of service to the nation advancing patient-centered CER. She is a cardiologist and health services researcher with a distinguished career leading key scientific initiatives engaging patients, clinicians, and other healthcare stakeholders. Before joining PCORI, Dr. Cook served as Senior Scientific Officer and Chief of Staff at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health. She has spearheaded initiatives in precision medicine, data science, sickle cell disease, and women’s health with meaningful engagement of stakeholder groups.

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The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is an independent nonprofit organization authorized by Congress in 2010. Its mission is to fund research that will provide patients, their caregivers and clinicians with the evidence-based information needed to make better-informed healthcare decisions. PCORI is committed to continually seeking input from a broad range of stakeholders to guide its work.

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Christine Stencel

  • Associate Director of Media Relations

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Sofia Kosmetatos

  • Senior Media Relations Specialist

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