Shawanna Jackson has over 15 years of experience in health care, in such areas as healthcare administration, clinical research, and leadership in both community and academic hospitals. She has Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology, Crisis Counseling, and Religion from Liberty University, and holds a dual Master of Health Administration/Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland University College. In 2012, Jackson’s sister was diagnosed with Huntington’s disease. Jackson was heartbroken and began searching for clinical trials and content to better understand the disease. Through online research she found out about PCORI and was amazed at the concept. In 2013, she became a PCORI Merit Reviewer, serving as an in-person reviewer; she then applied to be a PCORI Ambassador. It was through her experience with PCORI that her eyes were opened, and she understood the value of having a voice at the table. Jackson realized that even though there was nothing she could do to change her sister’s disease, PCORI is an appropriate platform to offer patient/stakeholder perspectives to help make a difference in future research. Since becoming an Ambassador, Jackson has attended conferences, shared PCORI’s message with academic researchers, and served as an invited reviewer for publications.

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PCORI Merit Reviewer

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