Rachelle Tepel, PhD, worked on a PCORI Pipeline project that identified healthcare issues and research needs for the LGBTQ+ community. For the project, she was part of the community advisory board and facilitated community meetings. The project received a follow-on grant from the George Washington University health education schools to present the results to the faculty and students to hopefully influence their curriculum and research. Tepel has a doctorate degree in economics from Brown University and is currently researching healthcare economics issues. Her interests are in disparities in healthcare delivery due to patient economic and demographic characteristics and prescription drug costs. Tepel is a cancer survivor. She would like to become more involved in healthcare advocacy. She would be interested in being a liaison between PCORI and the LGBTQ+ community. Tepel is on the board of the Capital Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and is currently running focus groups for the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) on LGBTQ+ issues that they would like to expand nationwide.

Involvement with PCORI

Pipeline to Proposal: Building the Foundation for Community-Led Research to Eliminate LGBT Cancer Disparities - Tier II (PL: Mandi Pratt-Chapman) – Advisory Panel Member

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