Collaborative for Healthcare Delivery Science

Improving health care statewide by developing, testing, and disseminating health care practice, organization and delivery strategies

Full Project Name:Collaborative for Healthcare Delivery Science (CHDS)Principal Investigator:Ann Nattinger, MD, MPH, MACP, MedicineCo-Investigator:Liliana Pezzin, PhD, JD, Medicine; Siddhartha Singh, MD, Medical College Physicians Administration; David Brousseau, MD, Pediatrics; Laura Cassidy, PhD, Institute for Health and Equity; Kathlyn E. Fletcher, MD, Medicine; Bradley H. Crotty, MD, PhD, FACP, Award Amount:5,000,000
Award Date
March2017
Project Duration:70 months

Project Description Narrative:


While health care spending has been rising at an unsustainable rate, the quality of health care in the U.S. remains suboptimal. The health care system in Wisconsin has been identified as one of the most expensive systems in the U.S.

Little is known about how best to integrate medical and nonmedical sectors to achieve improved population health and reduce disparities. Furthermore, existing approaches often do not consider the patient perspective in efforts to improve care delivery. Organized, systematic efforts are needed to inform the development and adoption of efficacious, affordable strategies to improve the quality, experience and value of care provided in Wisconsin.

This project aims to create a collaborative of multi-disciplinary experts dedicated to developing, testing and disseminating health care practice, organization and delivery strategies to improve the quality, experience and value of care in Wisconsin.

Project Updates:


  • Began development of CHDS, the first program of its kind in the state of Wisconsin, and one of only 13 such Centers in the country that is aiming to solve complex health care issues affecting our population through innovation and multidisciplinary collaboration
  • Established key committees, including a regular meeting structure
  • Established an advisory board to provide stakeholder perspective on the direction of the collaborative. Began hosting regular meetings
  • Recruited faculty expertise in clinical informatics and pediatric surgery, and identified areas of expertise where additional faculty recruitments are needed
  • Developed a needs assessment
  • Initiated pilot projects: Addressing Hospital-based Clostridium Difficile Infection; Evaluation of the Rothman Index; and Evaluation of At-Home Nasogastric Feeding in NICU Infants
  • Initiated a summer medical student research program, enrolling six students in structured didactic and experiential curriculum and began recruitment for a second cohort of students
  • Began recruitment for a CHDS Fellowship Program, selecting two candidates
  • Partnered with Inception Health to co-sponsor Fusion 2019, a campus-wide symposium bringing together faculty, staff, clinicians, and health care providers from Froedtert Health, Children's Hospital, and the Medical College of Wisconsin to share and celebrate work that delivers new value to patients, institutions, and learners

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