• What: UAB Health System, in collaboration with the Center for Outcomes Effectiveness Research and Education and the Clinical & Population Health Sciences Program, is on a journey to develop and implement LHS principles throughout our health system. The five-week series will include presentations from faculty leading LHS initiatives across the nation, highlights from UAB faculty, and plan for the development of more integrated collaborative opportunities. Our goal is to use this event to launch system-wide efforts to cultivate LHS concepts at UAB.

    Physicians, Clinical Researchers, Senior Level Faculty to Early Stage Investigators, Hospital and Practice Administrators, Implementation and Process Improvement Specialists, and Clinical Staff.

    Every Tuesday during the month of March from 12:00 to 1:00pm.

     Online via Zoom. Register here to receive Zoom information.

  • Tuesday, March 2, 2021 I 12:00pm-1:00pm

    Envisioning a Learning Health System
    Presented by School of Public Health Kilgore Lecturer, Charles P. Friedman, PhD

    Dr. Friedman’s talk will provide a high-level framework for the Learning Health System.

    Watch the recording here
    View the presentation slides here

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    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 I 12:00pm-1:00pm

    Addressing Individual and Population Health in a Learning Health Community
    Presented by Russell Rothman, MD

    Dr. Rothman's talk will describe Vanderbilt University’s journey to becoming a LHS.

    Tuesday, March 16, 2021 I 12:00pm-1:00pm

    Improvement in The Learning Health System
    Shea Polancich, PhD, RN

    Dr. Shea Polancich will describe UAB’s success at reducing pressure injuries. This is a great example of a successful UABHS LHS initiative.

    Tuesday, March 23, 2021 I 12:00pm-1:00pm

    COVID-19 CORE Highlights
    Presented by: 
    • Carrie Howell, PhD
    • Yulia Khodneva, MD, PhD
    • Katherine Meese, PhD
    • Michael J. Mugavero, MD, MHSc

    Learn about the success of the COVID-19 CORE in developing institutional responses to the pandemic. The COVID-19 CORE seeks to engage collaborative working groups to coordinate, collate, and facilitate the rigorous and expeditious completion of COVID-19 health services, outcomes and population health studies conducted by interdisciplinary research teams addressing prescient questions germane to the individuals, communities and populations we serve in our city, county, state, and Deep South region. Dr. Michael Mugavero will discuss the COVID-19 CORE. Drs. Katherine Meese, Yulia Khodneva and Carrie Howell will describe their COVID-19 CORE projects.

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021 I 12:00pm-1:00pm

    Next Steps to Creating the UAB LHS

    This facilitated town hall discussion will engage all participants to generate next steps for the UAB LHS. Learn about preliminary work from UAB’s Office of Clinical Practice Transformation aimed at shaping the Learning Health System environment at UAB.
  • Charles P. Friedman, PhD

    Charles P. Friedman, PhD

    Josiah Macy Jr. Professor of Medical Education
    Chair, Department of Learning Health Sciences
    Professor of Information and Public Health
    University of Michigan, Medical School
    Editor-in-Chief, Learning Health Systems

    Charles “Chuck” Friedman is the Chair of the Department of Learning Health Sciences and the Josiah Macy Jr. Professor of Medical Education at the University of Michigan Medical School, as well as a professor of information and of public health. Dr. Friedman is focused on building a Learning Health System, a health system that can continuously study and improve itself, at the University of Michigan and in the state. Dr. Friedman first explored the concept of Learning Health Systems in 2010 through the Institute of Medicine while at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC). Under Dr. Friedman’s leadership, the department of Medical Education transformed into the Department of Learning Health Sciences, a “first in the nation” medical school academic department dedicated to the sciences of learning at all levels from learning by individuals, to learning by teams and organizations, and learning by ultra-large scale systems, such as entire nations. At ONC, Dr. Friedman served as Deputy National Coordinator and Chief Scientific Officer. In addition to advancement of the Learning Health System, his work promoted several IT innovations including SMART Health IT, an open, standards based technology platform. He was lead author of the nation’s first health IT strategic plan. Prior to these executive positions at ONC, Friedman was associate vice chancellor for Biomedical Informatics and founding director of the Center for Biomedical Informatics at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Friedman’s research emphasizes large-scale information infrastructures and resources to improve health, how individuals and groups interact with information resources, and methods for studying the outcomes of these interactions.
    Russell Rothman, MD, MPP

    Russell Rothman, MD, MPP

    Professor, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, & Health Policy
    Ingram Chair in Integrative and Population Health
    Senior Vice President, Population and Public Health
    Director, Institute for Medicine and Public Health
    Chief, Internal Medicine & Pediatrics Section
    Vanderbilt University Medical Center

    Dr. Rothman is Professor of Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Health Policy, Ingram Professor of Integrative and Population Health, and the Senior Vice President for Population and Public Health at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He also serves as the Director of the Institute for Medicine and Public Health and Chief of the Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Section. The Institute for Medicine and Public Health engages over 250 faculty involved in research and education related to global health, epidemiology, health services research, health policy, biomedical ethics, biostatistics, and other fields. Key areas of research include implementation science, population health, behavioral research, health disparities, quality improvement, learning health system approaches, and other areas aimed at improving health outcomes. Dr. Rothman's research focuses on improving care for adult and pediatric patients with diabetes, obesity and other chronic diseases. His research focuses on addressing health communication, health literacy/numeracy, and other social and behavioral factors to improve health. He has been the Principal Investigator on over $60 million in funded research and has authored over 150 manuscripts. He is currently the Principal Investigator of the STAR (Stakeholders, Technology and Research) Clinical Research Network, which engages Vanderbilt, Meharry, Duke, UNC, Wake Forest, Health Sciences of South Carolina, and Mayo in real world evidence and pragmatic research. Dr. Rothman served as Chair of the PCORI PCORnet Executive Steering Committee, which built a national network to support comparative effectiveness research and pragmatic clinical trials. Dr. Rothman serves as the Co-Chair of the Steering Committee of the ADAPTABLE study, a pragmatic clinical trial enrolling 15,000 patients to evaluate the optimal dose of aspirin in secondary prevention of heart disease. Dr. Rothman also serves as Co-Chair of the Steering Committee of the Healthcare workers Exposure Response and Outcomes (HERO)Study, which includes a national registry and clinical trials of healthcare workers and COVID19. Dr. Rothman is also the past president of the Academy of Communication in Healthcare (ACH).
    Shea Polancich, PhD, RN

    Shea Polancich, PhD, RN

    Assistant Dean, Clinical Innovation for Quality Improvement
    Associate Professor of Nursing
    COERE Associate Director
    The University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Shea Polancich has been practicing in quality and patient safety for two decades. She is currently an Associate Professor and Assistant Dean at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing. Her primary practice is at the UAB Medical Center, Birmingham, Alabama as a director specializing in nursing improvement, innovation, and analytics. Formerly, her roles included the Director for Quality and Patient Safety at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Director of Data Analysis and Measurement at Texas Health Resources, NIH/NINR research intern, and health policy fellow at George Mason University. She currently serves on a technical expert panel for the NQF, and is a column editor for the Journal for Healthcare Quality. 
    Carrie Howell, PhD

    Carrie Howell, PhD

    Instructor, Department of Preventive Medicine
    Associate Scientist, Nutrition Obesity Research Center
    University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Dr. Howell is a social behavioral scientist whose research focuses on using population health methodologies to explore how lifestyle/health behaviors and social determinants, specifically neighborhood structural and contextual factors, influence obesity and cardio-metabolic abnormalities. She is particularly interested in integrating clinical, social determinant and health behavior data to identify obesity and diabetes prevention and intervention targets. Her ongoing and proposed projects include measurement and standardization of social determinant of health (SDOH) data, integrating SDOH data into risk prediction models, and examining how behavioral and SDOH factors cluster within individuals.
    Yulia Khodneva, MD, PhD

    Yulia Khodneva, MD, PhD

    University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Yulia Khodneva is third-year research and clinical fellow in the General Internal Medicine (GIM), Division of Preventive Medicine, Department of Medicine, the University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB) and a PGY5 resident in the ABIM research pathway internal medicine residency program. She obtained her MD degree at the Yaroslavl State Medical Academy, in Yaroslavl, Russia, her home city, and then specialized in the treatment of substance use disorders (SUD). Her post-graduate work in Russia was focusing on outpatient rehabilitation of adolescents and young adults with SUD, using principles of motivational interviewing and cognitive-behavioral therapy in combination with medical treatment. Her research interests include cardiovascular epidemiology and health promotion intervention development for patients with chronic disease. Her fellowship project aims to investigate psychological distress related to a new heart failure diagnosis and identify new targets for intervention development focusing on improving the health outcomes of heart failure patients. Her primary mentors are Drs. Andrea Cherrington and Suzanne Oparil. Yulia’s research has been supported by the Agency For Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) training grant to the University of Alabama at Birmingham (2T32HS013852-16) and NHLBI T32 HL007457 “Mechanisms of Hypertension and Cardiovascular Diseases”.
    Katherine Meese, PhD

    Katherine Meese, PhD

    Director of Wellness Research, School of Medicine
    Assistant Professor, Health Services Administration
    University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Katherine A. Meese, Ph.D is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She also serves as the Director of Wellness Research in the UAB Medicine Office of Wellness. She earned her Ph.D in Health Services Administration with a specialization in health care strategic management from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2019. Dr. Meese has several years of industry experience which encompassed work in ten countries on four continents, including management for a large academic medical center. Her work has been published in Anesthesia & Analgesia, Health Services Management Research, Journal of Health Administration Education, and various other journals. Her research interests are in well-being, burnout, team performance, quality and safety, and delivery models that enhance organizational learning.
    Michael J. Mugavero, MD, MHSc

    Michael J. Mugavero, MD, MHSc

    Director Center of Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and Education (COERE)
    Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases
    University of Alabama at Birmingham

    In addition to serving as Director of the Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and Education (COERE), Dr. Mugavero serves as Director of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) Training Academy and Co-Director of the UAB Center for AIDS Research (CFAR). Dr. Mugavero is an NIH, CDC, and HRSA funded investigator who has developed a dynamic health services research program at UAB, centered on engagement in care that has made seminal contributions to HIV prevention and treatment science. Dr. Mugavero serves as PI for the AHRQ T32 UAB Health Services Research Training Program and was a recipient of the 2020 John M. Eisenberg Excellence in Mentorship Award. He has published over 250 articles in peer-reviewed literature, and served as primary mentor for over 20 pre-doctoral students and 10 post-doctoral fellows and/or junior faculty, including current and past T32, TL1, K12, K23 and R01 awardees from the UAB Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Public Health and Social Work.
  • Michael J. Mugavero, MD, MHS

    Director, COERE 

    Allyson Hall, PhD

    Co-Director, COERE

    Rebecca A. Reamey, PhD

    Deputy Director, COERE
  • Session Recordings:

    Tuesday, March 2, 2021 I Envisioning a Learning Health System

    Envisioning a Learning Health System
    Presented by Charles P. Friednman, PhD

    Watch the recording here
    View the presentation slides here

    Articles from our speakers: 

    Charles P. Friedman PhD

    Russell Rothman, MD, MPP

    Shea Polancich, PhD, RN

     • Polancich, S., Miltner, S., Poe, T., Vander Noot, R., Williamson, J., & Shirey, M. (2020). Cost of quality pilot: examining a systematic methodology for comparing patient costs with and without pressure injury. Journal for Healthcare Quality, 42(2), 72-82.

    Polancich, S., Williamson, J., Poe, T., Armstrong, A., & Vander Noot, R. (2019). Innovations in pressure injury reporting: creating actionable data for improvement. Journal for Healthcare Quality, 41(3), 180-187.

    • Polancich, S
    ., Coiner, S., Barber, R., Poe, T., Roussel, L., Williams, K., …Miltner, R. (2017). Applying the PDSA framework to examine the use of the clinical nurse leader (CNL) to evaluate pressure ulcer reporting. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 32(4), 293-300. 

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