Melissa Wurst is a patient advisor on the PCORI Engagement Award, Improving Hospital Outcomes through Patient Engagement: The i-HOPE Study. She has worked with the team for two years, taking an active role by applying her professional background in health literacy and research. Wurst used online training to prepare for evaluating and rewriting questions, and in doing so, found the James Lind Alliance. This has spurred her to be involved with other patient advocacy organizations. Wurst is on national patient and family advisory councils (PFACs) for Opennotes, the Institute for Patient and Family Centered Care Partners, the Consortium of Comprehensive Cancer Centers for Quality Improvement, and is chair of the Siteman Cancer Center PFAC. Wurst has worked in linguistics for 20 years and owns a translation firm specializing in health literacy and Plain Language Writing for English content.

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