Dr. Shawna Hudson stands in front of a mural in New Brunswick

Center Advancing Research and Evaluation for Person-Centered Care (CARE-PC)

The center is a hub for person-centered research across Rutgers that connects researchers with clinicians who are addressing health disparities and barriers to care among all populations. 

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The Center Advancing Research and Evaluation for Person-Centered Care (CARE-PC) is a cross-disciplinary partnership mobilizing resources across the multiple schools and institutes of Rutgers Health. Our focus is to better enable patients across health systems to make informed health decisions and play a role in their own care. The center serves as a coordinated, interdisciplinary community of health care, health services, and public health research professionals working together to assess and address factors that impact care.

Breaking Down Barriers

Research outcomes that break down barriers stemming from cultural, language, social, and economic differences between clinicians, healthcare staff, and patients fosters greater communication, leading to enhanced care. This center is the core through which ideas, best practices, and learning are freely exchanged among university partners and with healthcare systems of New Jersey. 

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Shawna Hudson

Our goal is to unite those whose mission is to improve patient outcomes and experiences, and to take root within the institutional structure as a means of continuous evaluation and learning within our health care organization.

Shawna Hudson, PhD

Professor and Research Division Chief  
Department of Family Medicine and Community Health 
Director, Center Advancing Research and Evaluation for Person-Centered Care (CARE-PC)
Co-Director of Community Engagement, NJ Alliance for Clinical and Translational Science (NJ ACTS) 


Person-Centered Care Research

Our research areas and foci: 

  • Promoting enhanced communication
  • Promoting health equity and addressing health disparities
  • Enabling patient-self management
  • Reducing patient and healthcare system uncertainty
  • Enhancing healthcare decision making
  • Addressing access to care and health system barriers
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Contact Us

Our Faculty 

Shawna Hudson, PhD
Director, Center Advancing Research and Evaluation for Person-Centered Care (CARE-PC) 

Denalee O'Malley, PhD, LSW

Our Staff

Marsha Gordon, MPH
Executive Director

Brittany Sullivan, MSPH
Research Associate II