After successful completion of a PCORI Tier I award, our network of adolescent patients, faith community leaders, stakeholders, and caregivers has agreed to ongoing collaboration and the development of a proposal for consideration for a PCORI Pipeline to Proposal (P2P) Tier II request for proposals. Dr. Alfiee M. Breland-Noble, associate professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University (and director of The African American Knowledge Optimized for Mindfully Healthy Adolescents or AAKOMA Project), and Rev. Dr. Jalene Chase-Sands, founder of BALM, LLC (and pastor of a United Methodist Church), will co-lead the continuation of a faith-based mental health promotion network focused on African-American youth/young adult mental health and the reduction of disparities for this population. Aligned with the mission of the Tier II program, our team of patients, caregivers, and stakeholders will expand our current network to include national organizations focused on the mental health of African-American/black young people along with additional faith communities, teen patients, and stakeholders. Our specific team expansion tasks include hosting semimonthly meetings focused on
- expanding our network,
- honing in on a specific topic area in the context of trauma-related mental illness,
- advancing our group’s knowledge about patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) and comparative effectiveness research (CER), and
- developing a strategic plan to end the award period with a specific CER question.
Through this P2P Tier II award project, our team, which has a strong youth presence, will build a PCOR and CER agenda in anticipation of the submission of a P2P Tier III and subsequent PCORI and other research award applications.