Maureen Maurer is a managing director in the Health program at AIR. With more than 20 years of experience, her portfolio of work involves engaging patients, families, and community in health research, health care delivery, and health policy; communicating about medical evidence to lay and professional audiences; and efforts to advance health equity.
In her work to conceptualize and implement patient and family engagement practices, Maurer was a co-author on a framework and roadmap for patient and family engagement, led an environmental scan that catalogued engagement interventions, and has developed strategies and materials to engage patient and families in hospital quality and safety. She has extensive experience in designing convenings and facilitating meetings and public deliberations. For six years, she facilitated a member advisory group for a large insurer in North Carolina.
Maurer directs a project for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), called the PCOR Translation Center. This Center creates plain language summaries of research findings for the public within a legislatively mandated 90-day time frame and supports PCORI’s commitment to ensuring that research findings are comprehensible and useful to patients, clinicians, and others in making healthcare decisions. In this role, she oversees a team of 30 people; summaries for more than 300 studies have been posted to PCORI’s website.
Maurer is passionate about working to achieve health equity. Recently, she was an advisor on a project seeking to advance health equity by developing stakeholder-driven principles of shared measurement, which is using a common set of measurable goals that reflect shared priorities across communities and systems, such as health care, public health, and human and social services. Maurer is also a founding member of a non-profit, community-based organization that hosts racial equity workshops, trains community organizers, and works to confront overt and subtle forms of racism. She is currently a member of AIR’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Council, which is responsible for shaping the direction and strategies for AIR's DEI goals.
Her research skills including leading and designing qualitative research studies, including large-scale qualitative studies exploring the influence of patient and other stakeholder engagement in research and getting public input into policy decisions about the use of medical evidence in health care. Maurer has held leadership positions on projects for organization such as PCORI, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF). Prior to joining AIR, Ms. Maurer was a Peace Corp volunteer in Mali, West Africa.