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Elligo Health Research

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PRA Health Sciences

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Integrating Clinical Care
+ Clinical Research.
Patient Access to Clinical Trials.

Closing the gaps between clinical research and clinical care can lead to higher rates of clinical trial participation inside of a health system, better patient outcomes, lower cost of care and more satisfied patients. CRAACO is a unique opportunity for pharma, healthcare, patients, regulators, payors, CROs and Health IT professionals to address patient access to clinical trials, the integration of systems, data sharing and privacy, and partnerships between research and clinical organizations.

Key Themes for 2021


Patient Access to Clinical Trials

Sustaining Rapid Progress Beyond the Pandemic

Breaking Down Barriers to Equity in Health and Research

Case Studies: CRAACO in Practice


Why Attend CRAACO?


The global COVID pandemic this past year has demonstrated the urgency of integrating research and care to provide better health options for all patients. Still, the value of integrating clinical research into the overall continuum of care is often misunderstood. The 6th annual CRAACO was guided by a dedicated group of advisors from pharma, healthcare and patients that addressed the value, opportunities, and challenges of integrating clinical research as a care option for the benefit of patients.


We need to think of
clinical care and clinical trials
as a unified system

Dr Laura Esserman, Director, UCSF Carol Franc Buck Breast Cancer Center, Alfred A. de Lorimier Endowed Chair in General Surgery; Professor of Surgery and Radiology, UCSF

5 Goals of CRAACO


At the annual Conference and throughout the year, CRAACO aims to:

  1. Bring together a variety of health systems, pharma, patient advocacy, payors, regulators and innovators to chart a path forward integrating clinical care with clinical research options.
  2. Demonstrate practical examples, strategies and success stories from health systems and pharma navigating the intersection points of research and care.
  3. Demonstrate tools to integrate clinical trials into health systems safely and for the benefit of patients.
  4. Identify ways to reduce the barriers and burden to clinicians, research investigators and patients to participate in evolving, expanding and important clinical research.
  5. Encourage continued forward movement, inspire further action and unite like-minded individuals and organizations.



Join the conversation early and become part of the CRAACO community by following us on LinkedIn and by following the conference hashtag #CRAACO2021. If you are interested in participating in the Clinical Research as a Care Option 2021 program, please contact us at Thank you.  



Andrew Goldstein
Conference Producer

Valerie Bowling New


Valerie Bowling
Executive Director


Meredith Sands
Executive Director, Strategic Partnership

Elizabeth Bard

Senior Strategic Partnership Manager

Adam Kolanko

Strategic Partnership Manager


Meg Gould

Senior Conference Planner

Allyson Adams
Senior Marketing Manager






  • "Fresh ideas, good conversation & presentations around a critical topic."

    - Michaele Linden Johnson, MCA Foundation

  • "I like the collective call to action best. The conference provided precise ideas and options for attendees to takeaway."

    - Karin Gulbrandsen, Janssen

  • "I am extremely thankful I was able to be a part of forward thinkers. Thank you!"

    - Joy Jurnack, RN,

  • "A lot to take back to my organization. The comprehensive - holistic nature of how the program was structured and was most beneficial as were learning about this opportunity."

    - Aileen Seigfried, Inspire Health

  • "Great ideas and identification of barriers."

    - Michele Ross, Merck & Co.

  • "Great! Very informative and well planned and organized- many great speakers."

    - Susan Donahue, Javara

  • "I love to see how the movement has matured and progressed over the years."

    - Meredith Karney, Center for Medical Interoperability

  • "Excellent conference, extremely relevant."

    - Megan McBride, Janssen