Columbia Gorge Approved for a Funding Award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

A project led by Kristen Dillon, MD, of Columbia Gorge Family Medicine and Melinda Davis, PhD, of ORPRN has been approved for a “Pipeline to Proposal” funding award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The project is one of 30 proposals approved for these seed funds intended to build communities interested in advancing patient- and stakeholder-driven health research.

The project will focus on developing partnerships and building a community interested in understanding the health system transformations in the Columbia Gorge. The specific goals of the project are to:

  1. Understand the health system transformations that PacificSource Columbia Gorge CCO is currently or considering implementing.
  2. Engage diverse community and health system stakeholders in reflective conversations on the CCO’s regional community health needs assessment.
  3. Foster relationships with network members, build an advisory council, and prepare a priory listing of regional health needs to inform partnership team next steps.

This award is among the first to be made through PCORI’s new Pipeline to Proposal Awards Initiative. These Tier I Pipeline to Proposal awards provide seed funds to encourage the development of partnerships and research project ideas among individuals and groups who want to take an active role in health research but may not have opportunities to do so. PCORI hopes these projects will eventually lead to topics and proposals for comparative effectiveness research studies.