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National Program Office for the Alliance to Advance Patient-Centered Cancer Care

February 2017 - January 2022

Barton, Debra


Christopher Friese


The University of Michigan is pleased to submit a proposal to serve as the National Program Office (NPO) for the Merck Foundation Alliance to Advance Patient-Centered Cancer Care (Alliance). Michigan is well-positioned to serve as the Alliance’s NPO due to its extraordinary depth and breadth in patient-centered cancer care delivery research, outstanding accrual into complex clinical trials, national-level expertise on health disparities, cancer symptom management, and dissemination/implementation research. Unique assets include a robust Comprehensive Cancer Center, Survey Research Institute, and Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, which serve to leverage existing resources to assure high impact of the Alliance’s grantees. Over the five-year award, we will monitor and assure that high-quality scientific research is conducted in a fiscally responsive manner. We will draw upon our local and national network to render technical assistance to grantees. We will partner with key groups at the local, regional, and national level to disseminate findings and identify opportunities to implement promising interventions. These activities coalesce with our vision to support the delivery of outstanding patient-centered cancer care in a manner that promotes optimal outcomes for all.

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