Zika Initiatives

There is scientific consensus that the Zika virus causes microcephaly in newborns, and recent case reports also suggest a link between Zika and other neurological disorders, such as myelitis or brain abnormalities. The Zika virus is spread primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito of the Aedes species and sexual intercourse, both of which entail significant action on behalf of the patient to prevent the disease, therefore presenting a significant opportunity for patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) and comparative effectiveness research (CER) to have an impact. Local transmission has been reported in various countries and U.S. territories, including Puerto Rico.

At Impactivo, we are committed to the health and well-being of women and children. Because of this, Impactivo obtained a PCORI EAIN Award to aid in the development of fostering future research in maternal/child health as it relates to Zika disease, which is essential for addressing health disparities in affected areas.


The purpose of this project is to convene patients, stakeholders, and researchers to discuss opportunities and generate recommendations to establish research that emphasizes patient engagement and helps communities make informed decisions to improve public health, healthcare delivery, and health outcomes related to Zika.
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