OhioHealth Research Institute Joins ACRP ‘Partners in Workforce Advancement’ Initiative

The Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) welcomes OhioHealth Research Institute to the ACRP ‘Partners in Workforce Advancement’ (PWA) initiative.

PWA is a groundbreaking new initiative to expand the clinical research workforce by bringing together a broad coalition of clinical research stakeholders focused on creating a sustainable workforce for the future.

“We are excited to partner with OhioHealth Research Institute on this critical initiative,” says Jim Kremidas, ACRP Executive Director. “We believe that in clinical research, people are everything. Without an adequate pipeline of qualified, competent professionals, our community will fail both to sustain the workforce and to improve the efficiency and quality of medical discovery.”

”OhioHealth is honored to play a role in this very important initiative.  Advancements in patient care depend on high-quality clinical research”, says Laura Rush, RN, DVM, PhD, MBA, Academic Research Services Director, OhioHealth Research Institute.  “We are excited to participate in developing the next generation of clinical research professionals.”

The clinical research enterprise continues to struggle with high turnover, quality and performance variance, and a growing demand for more skilled, competent professionals. At the root of these issues is a lack of awareness of clinical research as a career option in the healthcare and life sciences communities.

“Organizations employing clinical research professionals of all types agree – the first step in creating a diverse and sustainable talent pool is to ensure that healthcare and life sciences students are aware of clinical research as a career option,” Kremidas adds.

As its flagship project, the PWA will develop and implement an industry-wide campaign to increase awareness of clinical research as a career option among healthcare professionals and students.

If you are interested in supporting the PWA, please contact Beth Harper at beth.harper@acrpnet.org.

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OhioHealth Research Institute fosters innovation across the OhioHealth system by providing guidance, support and expertise for research.  OhioHealth is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit, charitable, healthcare outreach of the United Methodist Church.  We are a family of 29,000 associates, physicians and volunteers, and a network of 12 hospitals, 200+ ambulatory sites, hospice, home health, medical equipment and other health services spanning 47 Ohio counties.