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

September 10, 2016, Chicago -Midwest Asian Health Association (MAHA) has been approved for an award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to support a project on establishing a culturally appropriate partnership for patient-centered outcomes research in Type 2 Diabetes within the Chicago Asian-American community.

Hong Liu, Ph.D., M.A., the Executive Director of MAHA, will use the funds provided through PCORI’s Pipeline to Proposal Awards program to build a partnership of individuals and groups who share a desire to advance patient-centered outcomes research focused on different approaches that will help Asian individuals with type 2 diabetes understand and self-manage the disease. MAHA will be partnering with the Chicago College of Pharmacy, Midwestern University, and other community-based organizations, stakeholders, and consumers in this endeavor.

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

The team’s goal is to tackle Type 2 Diabetes in the American-Asian community by creating a community and academic partnership that will collaboratively develop a PCORI Tier II research proposal. Such a partnership will strengthen the ability of all stakeholders to understand how best to prevent, recognize, timely treat and reduce further health problems due to diseases such as diabetes in the Asian community, the fastest-growing racial and ethnic group in the United States. You may find more information on the MAHA project at this link: http://www.pcori.org/research-results/2016/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 with the evidence 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.

Midwest Asian Health Association is a non-profit organization with a mission to reduce health disparities for the Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) though developing and providing culturally sensitive and linguistically appropriate services, including community outreach education, screening, immunization, linkage to care, capacity building, data collection, research, and policy advocacy. For more information about this research project, please call Dr. Hong Liu at 312-225-8659 or email to hongliu@maha-us.org

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