About Us: Our Mission/Values
Over the past decade, health services research has come a long way in its understanding of the organization and financing of healthcare and in its ability to assess the effectiveness of health services and their impact on patient outcomes. But in today’s health care environment, there is a need to move beyond documenting the existence of problems to finding solutions that will eliminate them. In addition, this research must be done in a timely manner, with results communicated directly to decision makers. The Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research (CHPPR) was specifically developed to address these needs.
The main objective of the Center is to perform quick turnaround research on the “hottest” topics of the day related to healthcare financing, the uninsured, medical education/training, and ethical, professional and legal issues pertaining to physician practice. Our research is pertinent to the practice of medicine locally here in Indiana, as well as nationally. It is our goal for the Center to serve as an objective source of information for both policymakers and health care professionals, and we make a concerted effort to communicate the results of our research directly to these individuals so that our finding can have a more immediate impact on health care and policy.
The Center is housed within the Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) and Riley Hospital’s Children’s Health Services Research program, located in the IUSM Health Information and Translational Science building. This new 166,000-square-foot building houses health science researchers from nine divisions including Children’s Health Services Research, Indiana University Center for Health Services & Outcomes Research, the Regenstrief Institute, as well as Biostatistics, and Bioethics. Although the disciplines of the researchers housed in this building vary, all are dedicated to improving the health and standard of living of Indiana’s adults and children through health services research.