In This Issue: Three Calls To Action with Bonus Opportunities
July 2019
Dear Ambassadors,

Welcome to the inaugural Call to Action newsletter of the PCORI Ambassador Program!

As we noted in our Spring 2019 issue, we are excited to expand on the call to action feature and create a separate newsletter. This newsletter will offer concrete recommendations for Ambassadors to share valuable PCORI-funded research results, PCORI products, editorial pieces, peer-reviewed literature, and events. 

All calls to action in each newsletter will be accompanied by specific instructions on how to share them with your professional and personal communities. We encourage Ambassadors to be creative in their promotional strategies and to tailor their activities to best meet the needs of their community. We are also providing a standing list of bonus opportunities, which will allow Ambassadors to complete other activities that may be more relevant. 

Please share any completed calls to action by clicking the button below, which will bring you to our tracking survey . Tracking these activities is important to help staff better understand Ambassadors’ level of involvement with the program and their community. Participating in the calls to action is voluntary; not doing so will not affect your program status.
We hope that these calls to action will inspire new ways for Ambassadors to engage with PCORI’s work and raise awareness about patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) and research evidence. These small, yet powerful, calls to action help to engage and mobilize PCOR stakeholders and help build awareness, educational opportunities, and community.

Krista Woodward & Meghan Berman
Share the blog Engagement Awards Teams Go Above and Beyond
Strategy #1: Do you work with healthcare or advocacy organizations that focus on bladder cancer, gender minority health, or school behavioral health? Share this blog (blurb below) with staff and encourage them to share with their membership and colleagues.
Three Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award teams—focused on bladder cancer, sexual and gender minority male sexual assault, and school behavioral health, respectively—built grassroots teams of patients and other stakeholders to identify patient-centered research questions and become equipped to participate in research. But once their Engagement Awards wrapped up, these teams kept the momentum rolling by securing PCORI research funding to answer the patient-prioritized questions themselves.
Strategy #2: Tweet one of these messages, or one of your own, and tag PCORI:
Three teams of PCORI-funded awardees channeled their engagement work into large-scale research funding. Read more and find tips here.

How did these PCORI awardees cultivate groups of patients and other stakeholders to become engaged in research and prioritize research questions?
Strategy #3: Do you work on a research project focused on bladder cancer, gender minority health, or school behavioral health? Discuss this blog with your research team members to learn from other PCORI-funded researchers doing similar work. 
Promote PCORI's Presence in Your State
For each state where our work is funded, PCORI has developed fact sheets with information about funded research projects and Engagement Awards, which you can find here on the PCORI website.

Strategy #1: Do you work or partner on a PCORI-funded research project or Engagement Award team that is looking for other organizational collaborators? Share your state fact sheet with the research team to brainstorm potential partners for future work.

Strategy #2: Share your state fact sheet with organizations that focus on state-specific health issues and outcomes (and might be recruiting for research subjects or partners) and would benefit from learning more about PCORI’s work.

Strategy #3: Share your state fact sheet with policymakers so they can learn more about the PCORI-funded research happening within the state. More information on how to engage with policymakers can be found here

Utilize and Promote the Engagement in Health Research Literature Explorer
The PCORI Engagement in Health Literature Explorer is a great resource to find journal publications exploring the effects, methods, and frameworks surrounding patient and stakeholder engagement in research. The sort and search features allow users to more readily find articles that focus on engagement with targeted stakeholders or during a certain phase of a research study.

Strategy #1 : Promote the Engagement in Health Literature Explorer to researchers, patients, and others interested in learning more about PCOR and research engagement. Share the tool with at least five research institutes, clinics, and other healthcare organizations.

Strategy #2: Are you part of a PCORI-funded research study that published an article catalogued in the explorer? Share that publication through social media channels and cite the explorer in your promotional messaging.  

Stay in Touch
As always, your feedback on the newsletter is appreciated. If you would like to share any thoughts or comments or suggest future calls to actions that might help your organization(s) or PCORI-funded projects(s), please send them to the Ambassador Program team at .