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Funding Now Available for Addressing Disparities Among African-American and Latinos

Recognizing the persistent disparities in controlling asthma among African-American and Hispanic/Latino populations in the United States, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) issued a call for research proposals to provide new information on ways to solve this problem.

PCORI will invest up to $17 million in patient-centered outcomes research projects that evaluate comprehensive and coordinated approaches to reducing poor health and other complications related to uncontrolled asthma in these target populations, as well as improving both patients’ and their health care providers’ adherence to treatment guidelines. Studies might incorporate interventions at the community, home, and health system levels and assess combinations of patient education tools, asthma medications, team-based approaches, or interventions delivered in homes or other locations outside medical facilities. PCORI also is looking for proposals that will examine outcomes that matter most to patients and their families, such as missed days of school or work, visits to emergency departments, limitations on individuals’ activities, patients’ and families’ ability to manage symptoms themselves outside of medical facilities, and their overall quality of life.

Those interested in this PCORI Funding Announcement (PFA) must submit letters of intent (LOIs) by Thursday, Aug.  1, and applications by Wednesday, Sept. 18. Application guidelines and templates will be available on Monday, July 1, in PCORI’s Funding Center. The institute will host an informational webinar on Tuesday, July 9, for interested applicants.

We at RAMP are very pleased that PCORI is making such a substantial investment in asthma. RAMP is interested in partnering with others to submit a proposal. If you would like to talk further, please email RAMP’s Director, Anne Kelsey Lamb, at anne@rampasthma.org. Thank you!

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