Huntsman Cancer Intstitute - Staff Member
Kara Kikuchi serves as a community liaison between scientists and community health systems and organizations in Utah, Montana, Nevada, Idaho, and Wyoming to support engagement in community-based research emphasizing health equity, as well as translational and implementation science projects. For the QuitSMART Utah project, Kara and her team partner with FQHCs, Association for Utah Community Health (Utah's Primary Care Association), Utah Department of Health, and National Jewish Health. She has also worked to build similar partnerships in the other Mountain West states noted earlier. Kara believes that supporting community partner needs translates to reaching those members of the community who need quality health care the most. she has previous experience managing health systems change projects to address public health initiatives with FQHCs and rural health clinics with the goal of addressing health disparities. She earned my Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and was a licensed primary care provider in Washington state prior to moving to Utah. All of Kara’s healthcare, quality improvement, and research project experience is grounded in patient-centered care, so participating as a PCORI Ambassador is a natural extension of her work. In parallel to the community engagement she is doing now, Kara is interested in bridging researchers and communities to PCORI, as well as disseminating PCORI research findings to promote patient-centered research.
Involvement with PCORI
Research Awards: Connecting Low-Income Tobacco Users with a Telephone Quitline to Help Them Quit - Community Liaison