News Release

Children's Hospital Colorado awarded $50,000 in research funding

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute supports hospital project to help achieve healthy weights among Hispanic children

Meeting Announcement

Children's Hospital Colorado

Aurora, Colo. (Sept. 11, 2017) - Children's Hospital Colorado (Children's Colorado) has been approved for a $50,000 funding award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to support a project on developing effective interventions to achieve a healthy weight among Hispanic children ages 0-5.

Children's Colorado will use the funds provided through PCORI's Pipeline to Proposal Awards program to continue building the Familias Saludables partnership, which has successfully engaged Hispanic parents/caregivers of young children, clinicians, researchers and community partners.

"With this award, our Familias Saludables partnership will further strengthen engagement and capacity across stakeholders to conduct patient-centered comparative effectiveness research in the future," said Deb Federspiel, senior strategist in the Child Health Advocacy Institute at Children's Colorado. "Our long-term goal is to apply learnings to design culturally-tailored interventions that will ultimately advance the health of Hispanic children."

Pipeline to Proposal Awards enable individuals and groups that are not typically involved in clinical research to develop community-led funding proposals focused on patient-centered comparative effectiveness research.

Established by the nonprofit PCORI, the program funds help individuals or groups build community partnerships, develop research capacity, and hone a comparative effectiveness research question that could become the basis of a research funding proposal to submit to PCORI or other health research funders.

"Our engagement work with stakeholders, including families, is incredibly important. Research stemming from this work will, as a result, be more innovative, and hopefully more relevant to the concerns of the Hispanic community," said Darcy Thompson, MD, MPH, associate professor of pediatrics and research lead/principal investigator.


PCORI is an independent nonprofit 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.

Learn more about Children's Colorado's project and how it will impact the health of children.

About Children's Hospital Colorado

Children's Hospital Colorado is a leading pediatric network 100 percent dedicated to the health and well-being of children, adolescents and young adults. Consistently acknowledged as one of the nation's top pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, Children's Colorado is recognized nationally and internationally for its medical, research, education and advocacy programs. It is at the forefront of research in childhood disease and pioneering treatments that are shaping the future of pediatrics, as well as offering everyday care for kids throughout Colorado and surrounding states. Founded in 1908, Children's Colorado offers a full spectrum of family-centered care at its urgent, emergency and specialty care locations throughout Metro Denver and Southern Colorado, including its location on the Anschutz Medical Campus. Scheduled to open in early 2019, the new Children's Hospital Colorado, Colorado Springs will be the first pediatric-only hospital in southern Colorado. For more information, visit, or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Children's Hospital Colorado complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.

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