The Department of Research, Population Health, and Public Health Programs (RPH) aims to eliminate health disparities and achieve health equity through community-responsive research, leveraging population health data to inform practice improvements, offering public health programming, and supporting initiatives that create linkages between patients, health center services, and community resources.
Research & Population Health Programs
Findings from Continuous Quality Improvement, Population Health, and Research are used to inform action-oriented, culturally appropriate, translational, sustainable (ACTS) practice improvements, interventions, policy, and dissemination.
Research emerges from community and informs the development and integration of Action-oriented/Applied, Culturally meaningful, Translations/Transformative, and Sustainable (ACTS) interventions.
For over two decades, Caring Health Center (CHC) has collaborated on federally-funded research projects. Since 2007, the health center has sustained an on-site, staffed research department and has completed two National Institute of Health-R01 studies. Based on its history, CHC’s research department and collaborators have expertise in mixed method, interdisciplinary and practice-based approaches to community-responsive research. All research conducted at CHC is based on the following core tenets:
CHC’s Research Model:
Research topics align with CHC’s mission;
Research topics emerge from observations, questions, concerns, and trends identified by CHC’s staff, patients, providers and community;
All research projects are reviewed by an internal grants committee and by Caring Health Center’s 51% consumer-led board of directors to ensure agency and patient buy-in and support of the health center.
As with all CHC staffing, research teams aim to reflect the patients and populations served;
Research projects respect patients’ general privacy, autonomy, medical confidentiality, and overall well-being;
Findings result in Action-oriented, Culturally appropriate, Translational, Sustainable (ACTS) practice improvements, interventions, policy, and dissemination.
Existing research aims to inform ACTS as well as next steps in research and public health programming.
For more information on our research partnership, please contactMolly Totman, Department Manager at (413) 739-1100, ext. 1231.