Community Partnerships

The 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 newest member of 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 will guide, research, and advance organization 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.

                    >>> For more information, contact the Department Health Management and Systems Sciences at

Family Community Clinic

This collaboration began in an effort to connect UL SPHIS with Family Community Clinic (FCC). The goal of this project is to leverage health data held by FCC for both the benefit of SPHIS and FCC. With the data accessed, we will apply for grants from governmental funding agencies and private foundations. Outcomes data will be extracted and analyzed to understand the impact that the FCC has had on the local refugee and uninsured populations. Further, a process evaluation will be conducted in an effort to improve the FCC’s data collection procedures. Lastly, all projects will culminate in manuscript submissions and/or conference presentations.

                    >>> For more information, contact Dr. J’Aime Jennings at

Community Care Management Network Evaluation

The Community Care Management Network  (CCMN) Evaluation is part of the Louisville Metro Dual Diagnosis and Cross Functional Team.

The CCMN is a network of 12 interdisciplinary providers in Louisville Metro, designed to coordinate care delivery for individuals who encounter the healthcare and criminal justice system frequently. The study aims to determine the practice changes occurring within participating CCMN organizations and to understand how the intervention impacts the behaviors or utilization patterns of high system utilizers during initial implementation. The study includes the following aims: 1. To determine how the CCMN has impacted practice at the front-line staff level in each participating organization; 2. To determine how the CCMN is perceived by enrolled high system utilizers and how it has impacted their utilization of the healthcare and criminal justice system; and 3. To evaluate changes in collaboration among CCMN organizations.

                    >>> For more information, contact Dr. Liza Creel at 

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, is a multi-year research project within the Cooperative Consortium for Transdisciplinary Social Justice Research at the University of Louisville. This research hopes to identify how West Louisville residents participate in and think about Louisville Metro’s community engagement processes in order to create tools for assessing ongoing participatory processes. Our research team uses a mixed methods approach to examine the expectations, experiences, and hopes of West Louisville residents as they engage with three Louisville Metro-based participatory projects: West Louisville Community Council and redevelopment of the Heritage West site; outreach efforts surrounding the release of the histories of redlining interactive toolkit; and the Metro Brownfields program. By examining these processes we seek to create place-based, responsive tools to improve community engagement. Findings will also inform diverse scholarship in social science, governance, and public health, advancing social justice theory and practice.

                    >>> For more information, contact Dr. David Johnson at

Commission on Children with Special Health Care Needs 

The Commission on Children with Special Health Care Needs (CCSHCN) collaboration began with department faculty serving on the Data Advisory Committee for CCSHCN to assist with leveraging data to better serve children with medically complex diagnoses across the state of Kentucky. In addition, the collaboration has consisted of Drs. Creel and Jennings analyzing inpatient and outpatient discharge data from facilities in Kentuckiana to identify community needs. Further, Dr. Jennings is currently working with CCSHCN to apply for a grant, “Health Care Delivery System Innovations for Children with Medical Complexity (CMC),” to the Health Resources and Services Administration through the National Academy of State Health Policy. If accepted, funds from the grant would be used to develop a program specifically for CMC, which currently does not exist in Kentucky.

                    >>> For more information, contact Dr. J’Aime Jennings at 

Healthy Hoops Kentucky

Healthy Hoops Kentucky is a special initiative that uses basketball and fun to focus on the needs of kids with asthma. Under the guidance of celebrity basketball coaches and medical experts, children between the ages of 7 and 13, and their families, will participate in a full day of health awareness, entertainment, asthma screenings, and basketball drills and skills workshops! SPHIS faculty work with Passport Kentucky to assesses self reported Quality of Life data among children age 9 - 13 years with asthma and their parents. SPHIS students assist with data collection.

                    >>> For more information, contact Dr Bob Esterhay at

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. Collaborative directors Randa Deaton and Theresa Campbell also serve on the school's Community Advisory Board.

The Kentuckiana Health Collaborative (formerly known as the Kentuckiana Health Alliance) was formed early in 2003 to improve community health through broad collaboration of key healthcare stakeholders and is convened by the UAW/Ford Community Healthcare Initiative. The goal is to transform the medical care system by sponsoring conferences which will have a national, regional and local impact. Physician profiling for quality indicators is an ongoing process of this organization.

                    >>> For more information, contact Dr. Rob Steiner at

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