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ANNAPOLIS, Md., and WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) will join Maryland community health leaders for a virtual convening on supporting equitable access to high-quality health care hosted by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The virtual event will take place on Wednesday, October 13, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. ET.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is shining a harsh light on the nation’s health care system and exposing deep inequities that keep too many Americans from receiving the care they need,” said PCORI’s Executive Director Nakela L. Cook, M.D., M.P.H. “This event presents an important opportunity to hear from the Maryland community as PCORI shapes its future health research funding agenda in an effort to provide useful and evidence-based health information to patients and those who care for them."

“Every American deserves access to high-quality and affordable health care. PCORI is doing vital work to ensure just that – promoting health equity and improving health outcomes for all. Conversations with community health leaders and stakeholders are key to these efforts, which is why I’m glad to see PCORI host this event to engage directly with Maryland providers. I will continue working in Congress to increase the availability of affordable, quality health care for communities across our state,” said Senator Van Hollen.


Welcome remarks by U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.)

  • Danny Bellamy, Chief Executive Officer, Total Health Care
  • Nora Hoban, Chief Executive Officer, Mid-Atlantic Association of Community Health Centers
  • Jill Marsteller, Ph.D., Professor, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Associate Director, Center for Health Service and Outcomes Research, Johns Hopkins University
  • DeJuan Patterson, MPA, Social Impact Consultant, Bridge Advisory Group

The virtual event presents an opportunity to speak with community health leaders, learn about ways to engage with PCORI, and offer input about the health priorities and key issues facing Maryland.

Members of the media are invited to submit questions during the Q&A following the panel discussion.
When: Wednesday, October 13 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. ET
Where: Register and join the event online.

PCORI is hosting a series of community convenings across the U.S. as part of a strategic initiative to identify National Priorities for Health to guide our mission-driven work and outline a Research Agenda that encompasses specific topic areas. The convening of Maryland community health leaders, joined by Sen. Van Hollen, offers stakeholders opportunities to provide input and avenues to engage with PCORI during this important time in the organization’s evolution. Future convenings will bring together Colorado community health leaders to discuss additional themes relevant to PCORI’s proposed National Priorities.


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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