In 2015, Methodist Healthcare Ministries was awarded the Eugene Washington PCORI (Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute) Engagement Award to implement a project titled Advancing Health in
South Texas Engagement Series. Through this award Methodist Healthcare Ministries convened patients and key stakeholders across a 20-county area to develop a coordinated regional approach for patient-centered research and evaluation among university systems, academic institutions, managed care organizations, and public health systems. The Advancing Health in South Texas Engagement Series aimed to create a safe space to facilitate meaningful dialogue between people and institutional systems to ensure trusted relationships are formed, information is shared, and all voices are engaged in the planning and co-creating of solutions. The series also aimed to identify and adopt multi-sector strategies based on differentiated but aligned activities and a common framework.