The recent senseless deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and those before them, and the nationwide protests that have followed, highlight the work we need to do as a country to address the legacy of racism and the continuing inequality of access and opportunity. The dual public health crises of violence and the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic are disproportionately claiming the lives of people of color and require urgent and collective action.
PCORI has a critical role to play in identifying solutions. Our mission is to assist all people in making informed health and healthcare decisions and to improve health outcomes and care delivery. Our tools are high-integrity, evidence-based information from research guided by patients, caregivers, and the broader healthcare community. One of our core National Priorities—eliminating disparities in health and healthcare outcomes based on race, ethnicity, income, geography, and the social determinants of health—has taken on a new urgency.
As we begin the process of refreshing our National Priorities and launching this next decade for PCORI, we do so with a renewed commitment to engaging diverse and inclusive stakeholders, developing and investing in partnerships with communities, and identifying and promoting innovative models for patient-centered learning healthcare systems responsive to the needs of their patients and the communities they serve. We commit to funding comparative clinical effectiveness research that delivers actionable steps toward eliminating disparities and moving evidence into practice for the benefit of all Americans. We stand united with the people of this country to find and implement solutions to the public health crises of inequity and inequality of access and opportunity. Inaction is not an option.
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 continuously seeking input from a broad range of stakeholders to guide its work.