Fall 2011 | Issue 1 | Forward to a friend
Inaugural HIP Newsletter
The Emory-Georgia Tech Healthcare Innovation Program (HIP) is an interactive network that provides information, resources, and community connectivity to facilitate and enhance innovation in healthcare research, education, and service. HIP involves more than 200 faculty and staff from seven of the ACTSI institutions: Emory, Georgia Tech, Morehouse, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA), Grady, Atlanta VA, and the American Cancer Society. Activities include over 250 research projects, $60M in sponsored funding, 30 educational offerings, and 50 outreach/service programs addressing issues of healthcare quality, cost, and access.
Seed Grants: A Call For Proposals
Seed Grant Program
In coordination with the ACTSI, a seed grant program has been launched for research in health services and clinical effectiveness. Proposals may be for either pilot projects that will lead to grant submission or for complete studies that will improve healthcare quality, cost or access at a partner institution. The program is open to faculty/staff at all HIP and ACTSI partner institutions with submission deadlines of October 15, 2011 and March 1, 2012.
HIP Website
HIP Website
The HIP website provides a detailed listing of healthcare service research, education and service activities of partner institutions, as well as information about funding sources, support programs, and databases. Events and News links and content are updated daily-weekly, as are Innovation Highlights, which include local projects, publications, and national studies.
Website Content Updates
Update Your Projects and Biographies on the HIP Website
Please use the Submit Updates Form on the HIP website to provide us with updated information on your current research projects and biographies, as well as information regarding programs, centers and events.
Facilitating Innovation
Workgroups Formed to Respond to RFPs
Cross-unit/institution workgroups are being facilitated by HIP to develop new capabilities and self-initiated projects, as well as to respond to RFPs. The first workgroups have been organized to respond to the Robert Wood Johnson RFP on the Future of Nursing, and has engaged faculty and staff from several Emory schools (Nursing, Medicine, Business, and Public Health), Georgia Tech, Emory Healthcare, and CHOA.
Innovation Highlights: People
Kathleen Adams, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
Kathleen Adams, a professor in the Department of Health Policy & Management at Emory, studies healthcare delivery with colleagues from a wide range of disciplines and institutions. Her most recent work, published in the current issue of Health Affairs, has been with Patricia Ketsche (PI), of the Institute of Health Administration at Georgia State University. Their study used national data on health care spending and found that the burden of financing health care hits lower-income families the hardest. Adams, Ketsche and colleagues believe this is because private premiums, out-of-pocket spending and state-local spending are financed regressively, taking more of lower income families' incomes. In contrast, federal health spending is financed progressively, which mitigates but does not fully adjust for, inequities in the financing burden across income groups. In the publication they consider the potential impact of health care reform on this disparity.
Innovation Highlights: Programs
Health Systems Institute
The Georgia Tech/Emory University Health Systems Institute (HIS) was created in 2005 as a multi-institutional and interdisciplinary initiative. HSI brings together the expertise of many disciplines at Georgia Tech and Emory to enable the development and implementation of novel collaborative research, education, and outreach programs. The goal is to transform healthcare delivery systems and lead the nation away from an ineffective, reactive, disease-focused system to achieve a cost-effective, pro-active, health and wellness-focused system.
Innovation Highlights: Recent Publications

The Impact of Prognosis on the Treatment of Patients With Localized Tumors

Comprehensive Evaluation of Federal Employee Worksite Health and Wellness Initiative

Alliance for a Healthier Generation - Evaluation of Clinical Interventions for Childhood Obesity

Active Design's Impact on Childhood Obesity in Affordable Housing

Computational Behavioral Science: Modeling, Analysis, and Visualization of Social and Communicative Behavior

Alliance for a Healthier Generation - Evaluation of Clinical Interventions for Childhood Obesity


Funding Opportunities

HIP Seed Grants

Robert Wood Johnson RFP

Systems Science and Health in the Behavioral and Social Sciences



September 14: Molecular & Transitional Imaging Workshop - From Mouse to Man
September 15: Emory Research A to Z (ERAZ)

CME: October 27, 11:30am-1pm Research Matters


HIP Appoints External Advisory Board  

An outstanding group of individuals have joined the HIP EAB. Individual board members will be visiting speakers at HIP Symposia three times a year.

Robert S. Dittus, MD, PHD
Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Health & Health Care
Senior Associate Dean for Population Health Sciences
Director, Institute for Medicine and Public Health
Vanderbilt University

Catherine Gilliss, DNS, RN, FAAN
Dean, Duke University School of Nursing

Mark Keroack, MD, MPH
Chief Physician Executive & President, Baystate Medical Practices
Former SVP & CMO, University Health System Consortium

Michael J. Klag, MD, MPH
Dean, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Steven H. Lipstein, MHA
President and CEO, BJC HealthCare
Vice-Chair, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
Chairman, Board of Directors, St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank

James L. Madara, MD
Executive Vice President and CEO
American Medical Association
Former Dean/CEO, University of Chicago Medical Center

Leonard A. Schlesinger, DBA, MBA
President, Babson College

Glenn D. Steele, Jr., MD, PhD
President and CEO, Geisinger Health System




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