Midwest Asian Health Association Approved for a Funding Award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Press Release 2017

Updated on September 1, 2017

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Midwest Asian Health Association Approved for a Funding Award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute


August 29, 2017 – Midwest Asian Health Association (MAHA) has been approved for a $25,000 funding award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to support the project: Chinese Americans Understanding and Self-managing Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (CAUS-T2DM). For this award, MAHA has partnered with Midwestern University – Chicago College of Pharmacy, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, Cook County Health and Hospital System, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and RUSH University Medical Center in advocating and addressing health disparities in Chinese Americans with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. MAHA will utilize the funds to foster a partnership of individuals and groups who share a desire to advance patient-centered outcomes research focused on Chinese Americans and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus.

Pipeline to Proposal Awards enable individuals and groups that are not usually involved in clinical research to develop the means to create community-led funding proposals focused on patient-centered comparative effectiveness research (CER). Established by the independent non-profit PCORI, the program funds allow individuals or groups establish community partnerships, develop research capacity, and hone a comparative effectiveness research question that will become the basis of a research funding proposal to submit to PCORI or other health research funders.

The mission of CAUS-T2DM is to form a network of patients, care givers, health care providers, academic researchers, and public health advocates who share a unified effort to reduce the health disparities experienced by medically underserved, low-income Chinese Americans with Type 2 diabetes. We aim to enhance the education, prevention and self-management of Type 2 diabetes by acknowledging and understanding the health disparities encountered by Chinese Americans. The funding support will be utilized to support the staff that will be coordinating, reporting, and recruiting members from the community. For more information, please visit http://www.pcori.org/research-results/2017/establishing-culturally-appropriate-partnership-patient-centered-outcomes.

“The Pipeline to Proposal Awards program is a manifestation of PCORI’s commitment to the meaningful involvement of patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other stakeholders in all our research endeavors,” said Jean Slutsky, PA, MSPH, PCORI’s Chief Engagement and Dissemination Officer. “It provides support to those who may not otherwise have an opportunity to contribute to the field of comparative effectiveness research. We’re pleased to follow the awardees’ progress as they develop partnerships and begin to form research questions.”

PCORI is an independent, non-profit organization authorized by Congress in 2010 to fund comparative effectiveness research that will provide patients, their caregivers, and clinicians needed to make better-informed health and healthcare decisions. PCORI is committed to seeking input from a broad range of stakeholders to guide its work.

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