Transforming Healthcare through Research Collaboration
In the fall of 2014, Seton Healthcare Family and the Center for Health and Social Policy (CHASP) at The University of Texas (UT-Austin) at Austin LBJ School of Public affairs established a research partnership to provide $500,000 in funding support to conduct non-clinical health and social policy research studies that would seed innovative, cross-disciplinary research collaborations and help to improve health policy, health care services delivery, and health outcomes for patients.
Seton and UT-Austin share a vision for combining the resources of a major hospital system with the resources and expertise of a nationally-recognized university to launch productive research collaborations that will generate important new knowledge and guidance for improving health policy, health care services delivery and health outcomes. A central goal of this initiative is to build a long-term partnership that will secure the involvement of high-quality research faculty and personnel, develop infrastructure and capacity for responsiveness to research and community health needs, and leverage other research funding opportunities. Another important objective of the research partnership is to support the active dissemination of research findings to the broader public (as well as in academia) in ways that will maximize the policy and societal impacts of the research.
In working toward this goal, Seton and CHASP launched a research competition to encourage interactions and collaboration among members of the research faculty of UT Austin, along with colleagues and potential research partners in the Seton Healthcare Family and Seton’s other health care services delivery partners, including Central Health – Travis County’s Healthcare District – and Community Care Collaborative, jointly owned and operated by Central Health and Seton. An inaugural call for proposals from UT faculty focused on research that addresses how healthcare can be transformed to more efficiently and effectively meet the physical, mental and social needs of individuals and advance the broader Central Texas’ capacity to assess the impact of health interventions and improve health outcomes. This first call for proposals included a description of the current funding priorities and areas of interest, as well as an appendix with a detailed list of the proposal review criteria. Proposals could request up to $50,000 of funding for one year.
- In April 2016, CHASP hosted the Symposium on Transforming Healthcare through Research Collaboration bringing together researchers, community-based research partners, practitioners, and policymakers. Click for more about the event and the event materials.
- A second grant competition was launched in the fall of 2016 with letters of intent due in October. Awards will be announced in March 2017. Click for more on the second round of funding.
The Center for Health and Social Policy (CHASP) is managing this partnership at UT-Austin in conjunction with a Joint Operating Committee with representatives from the Seton Healthcare Family and Dell Medical School. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about the Seton-CHASP research collaboration or competition.
The inaugural studies were:
- Improving Youth Behavioral Health Outcomes: A Feasibility Trial of Electronic Measurement Feedback and Flexible, Evidence-Based Training. Principal investigator (PI) is Sarah Kate Bearman, assistant professor with UT’s Department of Educational Psychology. Co-PIs are David Heckler, psychologist with the Texas Child Study Center at Dell Children’s, a Seton hospital; and Jane Gray, director of psychology training at the Texas Child Study Center.
- Understanding How Human, Communication and Technology Factors Influence Effective and Efficient Electronic Heath Records (EHRs) Use. The PI is Dr. Brenda L. Berkelaar, assistant professor in organizational communication and technology and affiliated faculty with UT’s Center for Health Communication and Center for Identity. Co-PI is Dr. Jay M. Bernhardt, founding director of the Center for Health Communication and a professor of communication studies at UT.
- Impacting Acute Trauma: Does a Brief Preventive Intervention Affect PTSD Outcomes? PIs are Dr. Ben Coopwood, director of surgical critical care at UMC Brackenridge; and Stacey Stevens Manser, associate director of the Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health in the UT School of Social Work.
- Manual and Automatic Analysis of Patients’ Values and Preferences Using Seton Hospital Consumer Assessment for Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) Surveys. PIs are Drs. Kenneth R. Fleischmann, associate professor with UT’s School of Information; Bo Xie, associate professor with UT’s School of Nursing and School of Information; and Byron C. Wallace, assistant professor with UT’s School of Information and Department of Computer Science.
- Incorporating Resilience-Based Diabetes Self-Management Education into the Group Medical Appointment for Adults with Type 2 Diabetes. The community partner is Dr. Deborah Morris-Harris, CommUnityCare’s chief medical officer. The PI is Professor Mary Steinhardt with Health Behavior & Health Education, Department of Kinesiology & Health Education in UT’s College of Education. Co-PIs are Dr. Susan K. Dubois, medical director with the Family Wellness Center in UT’s School of Nursing; Sharon A. Brown, the Joseph H. Blades Centennial Memorial Professor of Nursing in UT’s School of Nursing; and Hiro Tanaka, exercise physiology professor in the Department of Kinesiology & Health Education in UT’s College of Education.
- Evaluation of Seton Healthcare Family’s “High Alert Program” (HAP Program). PIs are Todd Olmstead, associate professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs; and Brendan Kline, assistant professor in the UT Department of Economics.
- Transforming Pediatric Healthcare Delivery: Analysis of Texas Medicaid Claims Data to Support an Ongoing Randomized Controlled Trial. PI is Dr. Karen Rascati, Eckerd/Turley Endowed Professor in the College of Pharmacy.