Research& Programs

Population Health Science Program Research

The mission of the Population Health Sciences Program (PHSP) is to accelerate the development, evaluation and implementation of strategies focused on advancing the health of populations served by the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health) and to serve as a model for similar initiatives in the city, state, and nation.

Achieving Patient-Centered Care and Optimized Health In Care Transitions by Evaluating the Value of Evidence

Project ACHIEVE is a $15.5 million national project with a goal of finding out what matters most to patients and their caregivers as they go from the hospital to home or other health care settings. 

The ACHIEVE team will develop recommendations for spreading their findings so that hospitals and community-based organizations can provide the best possible care for patients and their family caregivers.

For more information visit the University of Kentucky main Project ACHIEVE site, visit the Project ACHIEVE discussion forum, or contact one of the people below.
Terry Davis
Carol Levine
Jerry Krishnan
Mark Williams 

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UNiversity of Illinois Survey On Neighborhood Health

UNISON Health was an in-person community health needs assessment of 800 individuals that live in 24 community areas served by UI Health. This scientifically rigorous examination collected patient-reported information about health behaviors, health care access and utilization, prevalence of disease conditions, quality of life indicators, and knowledge of the Affordable Care Act and basic biometric screenings. Information learned from UNISON Health helped us to understand the health needs of the diverse community served by the UI Health System and use this information to improve health care for those who need it the most.

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PATient Navigator to rEduce Readmissions

Funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), this study focuses on developing and testing a program that combines a community health worker (lay patient advocate, acting as a “Patient Navigator”) and a peer-led telephone support line to increase social support, improve self-efficacy and post-discharge acute care use.

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Emergency Patient Interdisciplinary Care for Frequent ER Visitors

This innovative initiative develops individualized health management programs for Medicaid patients that are frequent visitors to the emergency room. The EPIC team works with patients to create a 1-3 month transitional care program that help the patients learn what to do to manage their health, which providers they need to see and how often, and what other resources they can access. The goals of the EPIC initiative are to enhance quality of care, improve health outcomes, and lower Illinois Medicaid costs by reducing ER visits and hospitalizations.

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The Coordinated Healthcare Interventions for Childhood Asthma Gaps in Outcomes

Funded by PCORI, the CHICAGO Plan is a collaborative effort between 13 Chicago based institutions, including the University of Illinois Hospital & Sciences System, Sinai Health System, Rush University Medical Center, Lurie Children’s Hospital, University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Chicago Department of Public Health, Respiratory Health Association, Chicago Asthma Consortium, NorthShore University Health System, and the Illinois Institute of Technology. This broad-based collaborative, including caregivers, patient advocacy groups, public health officers, and patient-centered outcomes researchers is dedicated to eliminating asthma health disparities. Drawing on collaborations that span nearly two decades, we propose studies testing both provider- and patient-level interventions to improve clinically meaningful outcomes in a minority pediatric ED population with uncontrolled asthma.

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Chicago Area Patient Centered Outcomes Research Network

Funded by PCORI, CAPRICORN will produce a Clinical Data Research Network infrastructure to support state-of-the-art patient-centered outcomes research linking private and public health systems serving nearly 3 million people in Chicago.

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Pulmonary Research Registry

We offer UI Health patients and community members the opportunity to join the Pulmonary Research Registry (PRR). The registry is akin to a sign-up list for people who want to hear about exciting new research at UIC. As part of the PRR, you receive a quarterly newsletter packed with useful information and resources.

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