Established in 2017, the mission of the Health Services and Care Research (HSCR) Program is to improve the health and quality of life of patients and caregivers within Wisconsin and beyond through
- high-impact transformational research on care policy, processes and outcomes;
- rigorous development, testing and dissemination of pioneering medical care models; and
- investment in the health services research career development of faculty, affiliates and trainees to promote continued research growth and success.
Led by Amy Kind, MD, PhD and housed in the Clinical Research Unit of the Clinical Science Center, the HSCR Program houses an array of resources required for the conduct of health services and models of care research. These include national-level data sources of health systems, socioeconomic, and geospatial metrics, a state-of-the-art high capacity, secure computing environment, and expert consultation on all aspects of research conduct and dissemination in these fields. Areas of research focus reflect critically important topics in the field, including healthy aging and Alzheimer’s Disease, pulmonary diseases, cardiovascular disease, health disparities and others. The Neighborhood Atlas, a website developed by Dr. Kind and her collaborators, houses the Area Deprivation Index, a metric which allows for rankings of neighborhoods by socioeconomic status disadvantage in a region of interest (e.g. at the state or national level).
The program employs core staff who provide research support in areas such as “big data” programming and management; cartography, GIS and geospatial qualitative analysis; and advanced biostatistical analysis, modeling and algorithm development. The HSCR program’s information systems include dedicated servers with 50 Terabyte capacity for data processing, analysis and storage, protected by a layer 7 firewall and a multifactor authentication system. A wide variety of applications are available to researchers, including include SAS, R, R Studio, Stata, ArcGIS, and MATLAB. Program faculty also contribute their expertise in mentoring the next generation of health services investigators throughout all phases of the research life cycle, from project conception to funding to publication and dissemination. To this end, the HSCR program sponsors multiple education events, including a monthly Health Services and Care Research seminar series featuring accomplished HSR investigators.