Carly Parry is a vice president in NORC's Health Sciences department. Parry’s career evolved in the government and nonprofit sectors, focused at the intersection of health services research and implementation, with particular focus on the development and implementation of learning health systems and learning networks; dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices; design, implementation, and evaluation of transitional care programs; and employment of mixed methodologies. Topic areas of expertise include transitional care, gerontology, psychosocial oncology, and cancer survivorship.
Parry began her career as a community organizer in the non-profit public health arena, was an NIA pre-doctoral fellow, Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado’s Division of Healthcare Policy and Research, and served concurrently for 9 years as Dissemination and Training Lead for the nationally-recognized Care Transitions Program™. Parry subsequently served as a Program Director at the National Cancer Institute, leading cancer survivorship and care transitions portfolios and developing a model for cancer survivorship highlighted in a 2013 IOM (NAM) report. Parry later served as a Care Improvement Researcher for Kaiser Permanente Southern California. In this dual research-operations role, Parry identified and helped to close gaps in Kaiser Permanente care delivery using evaluation, quality improvement and research initiatives executed in conjunction with clinicians, patients, and operational leaders to support a learning healthcare system. Parry most recently served as Senior Advisor at PCORI in the Healthcare Delivery and Disparities Research Program. Parry led PCORI’s work in Learning Health Systems and workforce development, including strategy development and two AHRQ/PCORI-funded programs focused on training learning health systems researchers and executing the learning health system model in academic/systems partnerships. Parry also managed a portfolio of research projects, led the Transitional Care Evidence to Action Network and coordinated the work of multiple learning networks.
Parry has served as a Technical Expert on AHRQ’s Developing Workforce Competencies in the Learning Healthcare System, as an expert for NAM Value-Driven Roundtables, and a thought leader for cancer, chronic illness, and transitional care initiatives, including work with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of HHS). Parry has received funding support from entities including the National Institutes of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, PCORI, the Commonwealth Fund and the John A Hartford Foundation.
Parry’s work is published in peer-reviewed journals, the Handbook of Oncology Social Work, as well as well as in blogs, commentaries and NAM publications. Most recently, her thought leadership is reflected in a special issue of Medical Care (August 2021) she spearheaded, highlighting the status and challenges of transitional care research and practice.