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Creighton University Approved for a $247,020 Engagement Award for Building Rural Stakeholder Engagement in Patient-Centered Type 1 Diabetes Research

A collaborative and interprofessional team at Creighton University and community stakeholders have been approved for a $247,020 funding award through the Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Awards (Engagement Awards) program, an initiative of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).The funds will support building rural stakeholder engagement in patient-centered type 1 diabetes research.

Vanessa Jewell, PhD, OTR/L, assistant professor in the department of Occupational Therapy and program director of the Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program will lead the engagement project at Creighton University. The project will focus on helping people make informed health care decisions and improve health care delivery and outcomes by producing and promoting high integrity, evidence-based information that comes from research guided by patients, caregivers and the broader health care community.

Jewell’s collaborative, interprofessional team include co-investigator Amy Abbott, PhD, RN, associate professor of Nursing along with Emily Knezevich, PharmD, BCPS, CDE, associate professor in the department of Pharmacy Practice, Laci Naber, executive director of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Omaha and Mary Dowd, a patient representative and mother of a child diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

“We are looking forward to collaborating with community members to find out what the stakeholders specific needs are and how we can build a future research agenda together to meet their needs,” said Jewell  about the research project.

The community engagement project is part of a portfolio of projects that PCORI has funded to help develop a community of patients and other stakeholders equipped to participate as partners in comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER) and disseminate PCORI-funded study results. Through the Engagement Award Program, PCORI is creating an expansive network of individuals, communities and organizations interested in and able to participate in, share, and use patient-centered CER.

According to Jean Slutsky, PCORI’s Chief Engagement and Dissemination Officer, “This project was selected for Engagement Award funding because it will involve stakeholders in actively disseminating PCORI-funded research results to those who can use this information to inform healthcare decisions. We look forward to working with Creighton University throughout the course of their 2-year project.”

Creighton University’s project and 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.

For more information about PCORI’s funding to support engagement efforts, visit

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.


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