Health Benefits Trust Director of Health Improvement Programs Selected to Participate in Important National Project

Marissa Brooks, Director of Health Improvement Programs, was selected to participate in the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s (PCORI) national pilot project: Methodology for Prioritizing Specific Research Topics. This project brings together stakeholders such as healthcare researchers, patient advocates, healthcare practitioners and community health members from around the country. Marissa is one of 30 members of this pilot project team. The PCORI aims to fund research that is guided by patients, caregivers and the broader health care community. One of the most critical parts of this project is in prioritizing which specific research topics should be funded. The pilot members will play a critical role in helping improve PCORI’s process of ensuring a patient-centered approach to prioritizing specific research questions. Once implemented, the process will lead to recommendations for topic-specific funding announcements that complement PCORI’s broad Funding Announcements. In addition to three national conference calls, Marissa will share her experience with this process in Washington, D.C., on December 5. This workshop will be webcast.