August 30, 2016

NSF approves UAB Center for Health Organization Transformation

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SHP building extUAB is one of only two universities approved for 2016 by the National Science Foundation as an official Center for Health Organization Transformation site.The University of Alabama at Birmingham has been approved by the National Science Foundation as an official Center for Health Organization Transformation site.

UAB is one of only two universities selected for 2016 and is one of only six CHOT University Sites in the United States. The UAB CHOT, an industry-university cooperative research center with a focus to develop innovative solutions to issues challenging the U.S. health care system, which will be accomplished by working closely with industry partners as well as multi-disciplinary collaborations across the University.

“This furthers the School of Health Professions’ strategy of seeking increased influence in addressing societal problems through partnerships with entities outside of the academic setting,” said UAB School of Health Professions Dean Harold P. Jones, Ph.D. “The CHOT is a perfect example of how our School is able to leverage community partnerships in order to make a significant difference in health care and impact people’s lives.”

The UAB CHOT has five health care industry partners:

  • Alacare

  • HealthSouth

  • Lakeshore Foundation

  • Our Lady of the Lake Health System

  • UAB Health System

“The approval by the NSF is a glowing testament to the strength of our two Schools’ research excellence, as well as the commitment and support of our industry partners located across Alabama and Louisiana,” said Robert Weech-Maldonado, Ph.D., co-director of the UAB CHOT, professor and L.R. Jordan Chair of Health Administration. “I am excited to see how much we will accomplish together with this combination of UAB’s academic rigor and the health care industry’s access to resources.”

The UAB CHOT, co-directed by Weech-Maldonado and Nancy Borkowski, DBA, professor, UAB Department of Health Services, received approval July 15, 2016. The next step is to meet with the individual partners to determine immediate priorities for upcoming research projects. The CHOT is funded by the NSF and other health organizations “to conduct research supporting major management, clinical and information technology innovations in health care.”

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