Community Partnerships

Center for Health Organization Transformation (CHOT)

The University of Louisville's Department of Health Management and Systems Sciences, led by Dr. Christopher E. Johnson, is the lead site for the NSF Center for Health Organization Transformation (CHOT). Visit the CHOT website

The American healthcare delivery system falls short of care that is safe, effective, patient centered, timely, and equitable. Healthcare organizations are continually innovating in management and clinical practices both to address these shortcomings, to offer the latest clinical technologies, and to remain competitive. To attain significant progress on all of these fronts requires “transformational” changes in health organizations that fundamentally alter practices and culture, and lead to better healthcare.

The Center for Health Organization Transformation (CHOT) applies and refines a comprehensive transformation framework that guides research and advances organizational transformation in health systems, especially hospitals, clinics, and physician groups. With its industry partners, CHOT will conduct mixed-methodology, applied research on the antecedents, execution, and effects of transformational interventions and strategies that combine evidence-based management, clinical and information technology innovations, and ongoing organizational learning and cultural change. Analysis of transformation strategies will focus on the impact of such strategies on healthcare quality, organizational technologies, and organizational accountability. Of equal importance is the attention to analyzing processes that attain and sustain gains in implementing a particular strategy and set the table for initiating other transformational efforts.

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Learning How the Community Leads: Evaluating and Informing City-Based Participatory Engagement in West Louisville

The project, Learning how the Community Leads: Evaluating and Informing City-Based Participatory Engagement in West Louisville, was a multi-year research project within the Cooperative Consortium for Transdisciplinary Social Justice Research at the University of Louisville. This research identifies how West Louisville residents participate in and think about Louisville Metro’s community engagement processes. The research team used a mixed methods approach to examine the expectations, experiences, and hopes of West Louisville residents as they engaged with multiple Louisville Metro-based participatory projects: the West Louisville Community Council and redevelopment of the Heritage West site, now the Norton Healthcare Sports & Learning Center; outreach efforts and community dialogues on the histories of redlining; the Metro Brownfields program; and the Public Arts and Monuments Advisory Committee public meetings. By examining these processes, we created place-based, responsive tools to improve community engagement. Findings inform diverse scholarship in social science, governance, and public health, advancing social justice theory and practice.

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Louisville/Skills: An Evaluation of the Humana Foundation-funded Partnership between Interapt, University of Louisville, and General Assembly

In the spring of 2019, a collaborative effort to provide coding education to residents of an underserved area of Louisville began. Interapt, a Louisville-based software and digital workforce development company, secured a $325,000 grant from the Humana Foundation to conduct a Software Engineering Immersive (SEI) training for residents of West Louisville. Interapt has conducted many of its own trainings, but for this cohort the company contracted training from General Assembly, a national leader in software engineering and coding skills development. Interapt partnered with the University of Louisville, which acted as the fiscal sponsor and key community stakeholder and offered strategic and logistical support throughout the project. The project, known as the Louisville/Skills partnership, brought local and national stakeholders together for the sole purpose of providing coding education to 25 individuals – with intent to improve their education, economic situation and career prospects, as well as their financial, physical, and emotional well-being.
Read the full report here.

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Kentuckiana Health Collaborative

SPHIS interfaces with the Kentuckiana Health Collaborative (KHC) to access data for research to promote and improve population health. This partnership enables SPHIS faculty and students to participate in action-oriented efforts to mobilize the community to improve health and well-being. In addition, access to a large database, including Medicare data, may be used in research to work to improve quality and outcomes in medical care. 

KHC is a non-profit coalition of businesses and healthcare stakeholders working to solve the complex health problems that face the community. The goal of KHC is to improve health status and healthcare delivery in Greater Louisville and Kentucky.

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