May 1, 2017
Center NewsCommunity EngagementSEED Method

VCU’s Center on Society and Health, in association with the Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research, will host a seminar for research and community partners interested in patient-centered outcomes research.

The seminar will begin with a presentation from Dr. Christopher Gayer, Program Officer from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s (PCORI) Department of Dissemination and Implementation. This will be followed by discussions of the SEED Method, a new methodology for engaging stakeholders in developing community-identified research questions, by Dr. Emily Zimmerman, Dr. Steve Woolf, and Dr. Carlin Rafie. They will present two research agendas created by Virginia stakeholders using this method – one around the topic of diabetes/hypertension management and one for lung cancer outcomes.

Here is what the agenda is shaping up to look like:

11-12 – Dr. Christopher Gayer, Program Officer, Dissemination and Implementation, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

12-12:15 – Lunch/break

12:15-12:45 – Dr. Steve Woolf, Dr. Emily Zimmerman, Dr. Carlin Rafie, Sarah Cook, Dawn Moser

12:45-1 – Engaging Richmond

1-1:15 – Engaging Martinsville

1:15-1:30 Q/A

The event takes place Thursday, May 11, from 11-1:30 in the Larrick Center Court End Ballroom. Lunch will be served. Please register at

For questions, please contact Dr. Pamela Dillon (

To learn more about the SEED Method, visit our website and read our manuscript in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. You can also follow the project’s progress right here on our blog.