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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
& Public 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.

Who we are


Cristina Huebner Torres
Vice President of RPH
chuebnertorres@caringhealth.org

Molly Totman
Director of Quality
Assurance and Improvement

mtotman@caringhealth.org

Scott Norris
Grants, Policy, and Reports Writer
snorris@caringhealth.org

Johanna Lopez
CHW/Care Coordination
Program Coordinator

jlopez@caringhealth.org

Cassidy Hayes
Manager of Outreach
and Enrollment

chayes@caringhealth.org

Yenitza Harrison
Wellness Center Care Coordinator
yharrison@caringhealth.org

Bhuwan Gautam
Program Assistant
bgautam@caringhealth.org  

            Population Health


The goal of population health management is to provide quality patient care, reduce healthcare costs, and support patients in reaching their optimal state of health.


Activities related to population health management include:

  1. The collection and analysis of population health data (such as disease outcome data and emergency room utilization) to identify areas of support for patients;
  2. Collaboration with departments across the health center to ensure goals related to Patient Centered Medical Home  are met; and
  3. Facilitation of ongoing Quality Improvement Initiatives across the health center.
  4. Data and information sharing and reporting initiatives;


For questions related to Population Health, please contact Molly Totman at 413-739-1100, ext. 1231.


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             Research


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:


For more information on our research partnership, please contact Molly Totman, Department Manager
at (413) 739-1100, ext. 1231.


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