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CERTAIN Approved for a $250K Engagement Award

The CERTAIN Patient Advisory Network has received a Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to support patient-researcher collaboration in a learning healthcare system.

Danielle Lavallee will lead the engagement project at CERTAIN. The project will focus on bringing together patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other healthcare stakeholders as integral members of the research process. The focus of this 2-year initiative is to build infrastructure that will facilitate training, support, and networking across diverse areas of healthcare for both patients and researchers. Through interviews with researchers and patients key learning objectives and competencies necessary to support collaboration will be identified. The patient-researcher community will prioritize materials necessary to support collaboration, and the project will result in making training materials, support tools, and networking opportunities for patients and researchers participating in patient-centered outcomes research accessible.

“We are very fortunate to have a great community of researchers and patients interested in furthering health research through collaboration. The funding received through the Eugene Washington Engagement Award will allow us to work directly with patients and researchers to identify, develop, and make available tools and resources to support effective engagement,” said Dr. Danielle Lavallee.

The project is part of a portfolio of projects approved for PCORI funding to help develop a skilled community of patients and other stakeholders from across the entire healthcare enterprise and to involve them meaningfully in every aspect of PCORI’s work.

“This project was selected for Engagement Award funding not only for its commitment to engaging patients and other stakeholders, but also for its potential to increase the usefulness and trustworthiness of the information we produce and facilitate its dissemination and uptake,” said Jean Slutsky, PCORI’s Chief Engagement and Dissemination Officer. “We look forward to following the project’s progress and working with CERTAIN to share the results.”

Dr. Lavallee’s project and the other projects approved for funding by the PCORI Engagement Award Program were selected through a highly competitive review process in which applications were assessed for their ability to meet PCORI’s engagement goals and objectives, as well as program criteria. PCORI has awarded a total of $2.9 million to support 14 projects through this program. For more information about PCORI’s funding to support engagement efforts, visit

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