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TN-CTSI Team Receives $100,000 for Project to Fight Food Insecurity


The TN-CTSI Community and Collaboration Core has received $100,000 from the Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award Program, an initiative of the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). This award will support a statewide project to combat food insecurity and its impact on maternal and child health. This effort is led by Sarah Rhoads, PhD, DNP, Michelle Martin, PhD, and Ashley Evans, MS, in partnership with the TN-CTSI Community Advisory Board (CAB).

“Food insecurity was identified by our Community Advisory Board as a common issue impacting many Tennesseans,” says Evans. “We are excited for the opportunity to work together with people from different backgrounds to connect, brainstorm, and identify various approaches to eradicating this issue.”

The project leads and TN-CTSI CAB are planning the meeting for 2023, and will invite healthcare stakeholders such as patients, caregivers and clinicians from across the state to collaborate, gathering and examining different perspectives of food insecurity’s impact on maternal and child health. Following the event, a plan will be developed to decrease food insecurity in mothers and their children to improve their health.

“We understand that everyone has unique experiences, and we want to make sure those experiences are represented and heard. The TN-CTSI is committed to improving health outcomes for all Tennesseans,” says Evans.

The Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award Program supports projects that encourage active, meaningful involvement of patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other healthcare stakeholders as integral members of the patient-centered outcomes research/comparative clinical effectiveness research (PCOR/CER) enterprise.