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Karen Martin is Program Director, Engagement Awards, at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). In this role, she leads a program that supports projects that will build a community better able to participate in patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) and clinical effectiveness research (CER), and serve as channels to disseminate study results.

Before joining PCORI, she oversaw the grants program at Truth Initiative, where she developed and supervised funding programs to promote tobacco control research, policy, capacity building, outreach and program implementation, as well as youth and young adult opioid misuse prevention. Supporting communities disproportionately affected by tobacco has been a focus of her work.

Before joining Truth Initiative, Martin was the grants director for the medical center campus of Miami Dade College, the largest institution of higher education in the country. She began her career in the former Soviet Union as grants director for the Open Society Foundations and overseeing a USAID-funded public health grants program for Abt Associates.

Karen received a BA in political science from the University of Michigan and a Master’s in International Affairs (MIA), with a concentration in Russian and Central Asian affairs, from Columbia University. She also holds a nonprofit executive management certificate from Georgetown University. 

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