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(1) We design and evaluate interventions that help patients with serious illnesses and their loved ones spend more of their time purusing their life goals without symptoms, burdens or discrimination of any kind;


(2) We produce real-world research that enables health system leaders and clinicians to set policies and implement practices that improve patient outcomes and maximize health equity;


(3) Our data guide payers and policy makers in promoting health care services that optimize care and equity for seriously ill patients



We are guided, first and foremost, by respect for human dignity. As such, we commit to being antiracist, antisexist, and intentional in conducting research that is innovative, patient-centered, scientifically rigorous, ethically sound, and informed by diversity in the skills, experiences, and backgrounds of our team. We acknowledge our privilege as employees of an Ivy League institution, and respect our connections with the West Philadelphia community in which we work. We value empathy, integrity, and inclusivity, and wish to be held accountable for producing work and a workplace that lives up to these standards.


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We generate high-quality evidence to advance healthcare policies and practices that improve the lives of all people affected by serious illness.