Ann Blair Kennedy joined the newly developed Patient Engagement Studio (PES) at the Greenville Health System (now Prisma Health) in 2016. In 2018, she became the director of PES, whose mission is to provide a structured opportunity for collaboration between patients, researchers, and clinicians. In 2020 PES moved to the University of South Carolina, where the organization reviews projects for researchers across the academic health sciences center, including patient-centered outcomes research projects. The studio has received two Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Awards, the latest of which has led to the development of a virtual patient engagement studio with patients from three states.

She holds a bachelor and master of arts in theater and has been a licensed massage therapist for over 21 years. She holds a doctor of public health in health promotion, education and behavior.

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