Caregiver Action Network Receives $250,000 Engagement Award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

Washington, DC (January 11, 2017) – Caregiver Action Network (CAN) has been approved for a Eugene Washington Engagement Award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

CAN will use the award funds to support a new training program called Equipping You for Success: Training for Family Caregivers in Team-Based Medical Decisions. The training program will be specifically designed to help caregivers and patients be better informed and thus better prepared to make treatment decisions based on comparative effectiveness research.

“We are very pleased that our project was selected among so many qualified applicants,” said John Schall, CEO of Caregiver Action Network. “This Engagement Award will give Caregiver Action Network the opportunity to directly and indirectly reach thousands of patients and caregivers and achieve the ultimate goal of ensuring best outcomes for all.”

The 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.

 “This project was selected for Engagement Award funding not only for its commitment to engaging patients and caregivers, but also for its potential to increase the usefulness and trustworthiness of the information we produce and facilitate its dissemination and uptake,” said Jean Slutsky, PCORI’s Chief Engagement and Dissemination Officer. “We look forward to following the project’s progress and working with Caregiver Action Network to share the results.”

Caregiver Action Network’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

About CAN

Caregiver Action Network ( is the nation’s leading family caregiver organization working to improve the quality of life for more than 90 million Americans who care for loved ones with chronic conditions, disabilities, disease, or the frailties of old age. CAN serves a broad spectrum of family caregivers ranging from the parents of children with special needs, to the families and friends of wounded soldiers; from a young couple dealing with a diagnosis of MS, to adult children caring for parents with Alzheimer’s disease. CAN reaches caregivers on multiple platforms. CAN (formerly the National Family Caregivers Association) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing education, peer support, and resources to family caregivers across the country free of charge.


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.