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University of Iowa News Release

April 10, 2006

UI Center To Research Health Care Delivery Systems And Outcomes

The Center for Health Policy and Research (CHPR), based in the University of Iowa College of Public Health, has been named as one of 15 partners in ACTION, a project funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) to improve health care delivery systems and health care outcomes.

The Accelerating Change and Transformation in Organizations and Networks (ACTION) award is aimed at developing and diffusing scientific evidence about what does and does not work to improve health care delivery systems. The CHPR and 14 other organizations selected for the grant were chosen based on their demonstrated capacity to "turn research into practice" for proven interventions, targeting those who manage, deliver or receive health care services. Marcia M. Ward, Ph.D., associate professor of health management and policy, is the principal investigator for the UI team.

ACTION is a model of field-based research that fosters public-private collaboration in rapid-cycle, applied research. It links many of the nation's largest health care systems with its top health services researchers. As a network, ACTION provides health services in a variety of organizational care settings to at least 100 million Americans, including the privately insured, Medicare and Medicaid patients, the uninsured, ethnic and racial minorities, and rural residents.

The UI ACTION team includes UI investigators from the Colleges of Public Health, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy as well as investigators from Trinity Health, Veterans Affairs VISN 15 (VA Heartland Network), Iowa Foundation for Medical Care, Iowa Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program, Iowa Hospital Association and Iowa Healthcare Collaborative.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa College of Public Health Office of Communications, 4257 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa, 52242

MEDIA CONTACT: Kate Gleeson, 319-384-4277, kate-gleeson@uiowa.edu