CJE SeniorLife Receives $99,996 Engagement Award from Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

CHICAGO, May 15, 2020 – CJE SeniorLife was recently approved for a $99,996 Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to support the amplification and expansion of older adult voices into meaningful research.

Rachel Lessem, PhD, JD, Research Scientist at the CJE SeniorLife Leonard Schanfield Research Institute, will lead the engagement project. The project, which is the third Eugene Washington Award at CJE to be funded, will focus on addressing the lack of older adults’ voices in federally funded research. In 2016, CJE created the Bureau of Sages through its first PCORI award as an effective initial step in the process of engaging older adults receiving long term services and supports into research. In Sages in Every Setting (the second PCORI award), CJE refined The Sage Resources and The Sage Model to disseminate and implement the model into diverse communities.

With this new funding, the CJE team will train researchers involved with National Institute on Aging (NIA)-funded Centers in The Sage Resources in order to equip more stakeholders and communities to participate in Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR). CJE, with its project partners, Karina Davidson, director of The Roybal National Cordinating Center and Steven P. Wallace, director of the National Coordinating Center, will leverage the preexisting NIA structures and networks to promote the adoption of The Sage Resources and translation of The Sage Model. Katherine Abbott, of the Scripps Center for Gerontology at Miami University of Ohio is also a partner.

This project includes the CJE Lieberman Bureau of Sages as members of the advisory panel as well as members of other advisory boards created in the last project, Sages in Every Setting.  The older adults will work collaboratively with the CJE team and other partners to create webinars and in-person trainings to accelerate the adoption of the Sage Resources and to encourage and support the creation of new research advisory boards based on the Sage Model.

CJE’s research project is part of a portfolio of projects approved for PCORI funding to help develop a skilled community of patients and other stakeholders from across the entire healthcare enterprise, and to involve them meaningfully in every aspect of PCORI’s work.

According to Jean Slutsky, PCORI’s Chief Engagement and Dissemination Officer, “This project was selected for Engagement Award funding because it will provide the opportunity for them to scale up or adopt meaningful engagement tools and processes with more communities, stakeholders and patients to further build capacity/skills for PCOR/CER. We look forward to working with CJE SeniorLife throughout the course of their 12 month project.”

CJE’s project and the 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 http://www.pcori.org/content/eugene-washington-pcori-engagement-awards(link is external).  
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.


Since 1972, CJE SeniorLife has enhanced the lives of older adults and their families through an innovative, comprehensive network that includes life enrichment programs, supportive resources, healthcare, research and education. CJE is a partner with the Jewish United Fund in serving our community. For more information about CJE services, call 773.508.1000 or visit www.cje.net.

Contact: Nicole Bruce
Phone: 773.508.1026
E-Mail: Nicole.Bruce@cje.net