The STAR CRN (formerly known as the Mid-South CDRN) encompasses eight health systems servicing three main regions: 1) Vanderbilt University Medical Center
(VUMC), 2) the Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network (VHAN), 3) Meharry Medical College (MMC), 4) Duke University Health System, 5) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 6) Wake Forest Baptist Health, 7) Health Sciences of South Carolina, and 8) Mayo Clinic, headquartered in Minnesota. With data on over 12 million patients, the STAR CRN network consists of academic health centers, community hospitals and a range of outpatient practices including primary care, specialty practices and safety net facilities that serve diverse populations. Through this network, we have access to a broad array of clinical data, informatics tools, patients, providers, and systems to address an array of research questions. The objective of our CRN is to robustly support comparative effectiveness studies, pragmatic clinical trials, health system innovation, and the other research needs of our stakeholders and partners. Our network is particularly focused on research to improve health in the southern United States which has the highest rates of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, certain cancers, and other conditions, as well as significant disparities in health status and health care delivery.
The STAR Stakeholder Engagement Team ( SET) Leads implementation of the people-centered engagement plan; identify and engages a variety of stakeholders (patients, caregivers, clinicians). This group is comprised of members faculty and staff managing stakeholder engagement at CRN-level, site stakeholder engagement reps (i.e., staff or faculty) and designated patient representatives across the institutions in STAR-CRN . They closely collaborate with Stakeholder Advisory Council members and serve to facilitate implementation of stakeholder engagement.
The STAR Stakeholder Advisory Council (SAC), consists of patients, community members, and clinicians who help prioritize research opportunities and review all incoming studies to ascertain engagement of patients. Input from stakeholders is used to inform the research design, implementation, analysis, dissemination and/or priority setting. The SAC review of research products entails a quantitative, objective and validated measure of the Person Centeredness of Research ( PCoR) score. This measurement tool is the first of its kind and available to other Networks within STAR for measuring.
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Dr. Raj Singh is helping lead recruiting efforts for vaccine trial participants at Meharry Medical College. You can read all about this exciting work here.
The STAR Stakeholder team was honored to be among the first to present during the inaugural Academy Health Show and Share. You can view the presentation below (Of note: The object below may say “There is no content to view…” Please click play and the presentation will load):
Neely Williams, M.Div. Ed.D., discusses recent bariatric study as well as community engagement in research. Video courtesy of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Used with permission. More information about PCORI can be found at www.pcori.org.
https://www.pscp.tv/w/1YpJkVNQZRdGj Consuelo Wilkins, MD, Vice President for Health Equity at VUMC discusses the important of Health Equity in Research. Video courtesy of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Used with permission. More information about PCORI can be found at www.pcori.org.
When publishing or presenting work created from STAR CRN data or resources, we require the use of the following citation:
For the time period before 6.30.2019: “The STAR CRN, formerly Mid-South CDRN was initiated and funded by Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) through the contract CDRN-1306-04869 , the Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research with grant support from (UL1TR002243 from NCATS/NIH), and institutional funding.”
For the time period 12.1.2018-12.31.2019: “The STAR CRN was initiated and funded by People-Centered Research Foundation (PCRF) through the contract PCRF RFA 2017-12-05, the Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research with grant support from (UL1TR002243 from NCATS/NIH), and institutional funding.”
For the time period 1.1.20 and going forward: “The STAR CRN was initiated and funded by Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) through the contract RI-CRN-2020-009, the Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research with grant support from (UL1TR002243 from NCATS/NIH), and institutional funding.”