Patient Centered Outcomes Research for Employees (PCORE)

The Patient Centered Outcomes Research for Employees (PCORE) project is a proactive public health model for developing and promoting employee wellness using an employee-centered approach. 

Led by Dr. Daniel Pinto and Dr. Abiola Keller, PCORE provides an opportunity for employees with chronic conditions to meaningfully contribute to decisions regarding workplace health and wellness.

The project brings together employees, health and wellness representatives, researchers and clinicians, and NWSP leadership to share perspectives and explore research as a tool to address health and wellness challenges in employee populations. It works by helping partnering businesses explore how to increase the employee voice in workplace health offerings and by developing potential solutions that can be tested for comparative effectiveness.

PCORE began two years before the global COVID-19 pandemic hit our community in early 2020, but, like most everything in 2020, was quickly adapted to respond to the needs of employees and employers in the Near West Side. 

The PCORE team is dedicated to the wellbeing of Near West Side residents. If you have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, food insecurity, mental health issues, homelessness or other circumstances and are in need of community assistance, visit our Safety & Wellness Resource Page.

More about the PCORE Initiative

To learn more about the PCORE initiative, its application to timely and unique public health needs of the Near West Side employee community, and to understand how the model for using employee-centered insights to drive improvements in public health, read our whitepaper.

Dr. Daniel Pinto

Dr. Pinto is Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Marquette University. He uses community engagement and patient-centered approaches in his research where he assesses self-management of chronic conditions and the value of rehabilitation. Dr. Pinto presents nationally and internationally on aspects of his research, and he serves on multiple national and international organizations supporting the management of chronic musculoskeletal disorders.

Dr. Abiola Keller

Dr. Keller is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing at Marquette University. As a health disparities researcher, she works with communities to develop and evaluate strategies and interventions aimed at improving the quality and equity of health and health care. Dr. Keller is an alumna of Marquette University and serves on the board of directors of Meta House.


  • Edith Burns, Zucker School of Medicine Hofstra Northwell
  • Lisa Bates-Froilland, Pastor Redeemer Lutheran Church
  • Rebecca Berman, Leonard Schanfield Research Institute at CJE SeniorLife
  • Heidi Chada, Milwaukee Center for Independence
  • Pete Cooney, Pete’s Pops
  • Jennifer Fink, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Milly Gonzalez, Catholic Financial Life Foundation
  • Melissa Hendrickson, Penfield Children’s Center
  • Adrian Hernadez, City on a Hill
  • Judy Hoppe Haack, Potawatomi Business Development Corporation
  • Abiola Keller, Marquette University
  • Pat Kennelly, Marquette University
  • Laura Linnan, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Jeff Martinka, Neighborhood House
  • Beth Mrozinsky, Harley-Davidson
  • Matt Paulus, Marquette University 
  • Dan Pinto, Marquette University
  • Barb Scotty, Near West Side Partners
  • Chris Simenz, Marquette University
  • Keith Stanley, Near West Side Partners
  • Natalie Strohm, Quorum Architects
  • Kelly Sutton, Advocate Aurora
  • Tarah Thompson, Potawatomi Business Development Corporation

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