Blue Island, Illinois

Workforce Development Coordinator, Provider Assistance and Training Hub (PaTH), University of Illinois, School of Social Work
Representing: Patients, Caregivers, and Patient Advocates
Term Ends August 2024

Donald Adams, Jr., MEd, is the assistant director of design innovation for the University of Illinois System, Office of Medicaid Innovation. Before he began his current role, he led the workforce learning and development team for the Provider Assistance and Training Hub (PATH) Program at the University of Illinois School of Social Work. Adams has over 20 years of instructional design, teaching, training, and learning and development experience, providing and overseeing workforce learning and development solutions for state and nonprofit agencies.

Adams is one of 14 research ministry ambassador facilitators IRB certified and trained by and under the authority of Pastors4PCOR, a collaborative of researchers, churches and health professionals in the South Side and South Suburbs of Chicago. As a member of a research engagement team, Adams engages and trains faith-based community members in developing skills to survey their communities for health and well-being topics for research.

Adams believes in and supports PCORI’s vision that “patients and the public have information they can use to make informed decisions that reflect their desired health outcomes.” Adams believes engagement and involvement in the health research ministry allows advocacy opportunities.

Adams holds a master’s degree in education, concentrating in curriculum and instruction from the National College of Education, National Louis University; and an advanced certificate in online teaching, a nationally recognized Blackboard Exemplary Course Program from Governors State University.

Conflicts of Interest

As of February 24, 2021

  • Pastors4PCOR, Research Ministry Ambassador
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Employer
  • Total Resources Community Development Organization, Peer Educator


Person Type
Panel / Committee