After successful completion of PCORI Tier I and II awards, our network of adolescent patients, faith community leaders, stakeholders, and caregivers has agreed to ongoing collaboration and the development of a proposal for PCORI as part of a Tier III award.
Dr. Alfiee M. Breland-Noble, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University, will lead the continuation of a patient-centered, faith-based mental health promotion network focused on African-American youth and young adult trauma exposure and the reduction of mental health disparities. Rev. Dr. Jalene Chase-Sands will serve as faith community lead liaison and Mrs. H. Kathy Williams will serve as our patient/stakeholder lead for this award. Aligned with the mission of the Pipeline to Proposal (P2P) Tier III program, our team consists of approximately 10 patients, caregivers, and stakeholders along with an external advisory team of collaborators including two national organizations (one focused on the mental health of African-American/Black young men and a second focused on mental health service provision for Black teens and families). Our specific team tasks include (1) engaging our team’s knowledge of PCOR and comparative effectiveness research (CER) to further develop our Tier II CER questions into a competitive Letter of Intent (LOI) and research proposal for PCORI and (2) ensuring that patient (i.e., persons exposed to trauma and in various stages of recovery with mental illness) needs are central to our proposal development process. Through this P2P Tier III award project our team with a strong youth presence will build a competitive LOI and research award application for consideration by PCORI.