AIR’s Frank Rider Named to Advisory Panel on Affordable Care Act Research

Washington, D.C. – Frank Rider, a specialist in financing mental health services for children and youth with the American Institutes for Research (AIR), has been named to an inaugural advisory panel of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), tasked with disseminating evidence-based research to help patients under the Affordable Care Act.

The Board of Governors of PCORI—a non-profit, non-government organization created by Congress as part of the Act—named Rider, a cancer survivor, to its newly-activated Communication and Dissemination advisory panel. Rider is a senior human services financing specialist in AIR’s Health and Social Development Program.

“I look forward to helping advance PCORI’s aims to involve patients, caregivers, clinicians and other stakeholders in a partnership of shared accountability to help shape our nation’s patient-centered research priorities,” Rider said.

The institute’s board appointed Rider from a pool of 135 candidates. The advisory panel will identify and prioritize research questions for possible funding initiatives and will provide ongoing feedback on PCORI’s research.

The institute is charged with examining “the relative health outcomes, clinical effectiveness, and appropriateness” of different medical treatments by evaluating existing studies and conducting research on its own. The goal is to provide scientific information to those served under the Affordable Care Act so that they can make informed health care decisions.

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Established in 1946, with headquarters in Washington, D.C., the American Institutes for Research (AIR) is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that conducts behavioral and social science research and delivers technical assistance both domestically and internationally in the areas of health, education and workforce productivity. For more information, visit


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