Center of Excellence (COE) for Health Services/Health Policy Research
A successful clinical practice depends on two bodies of knowledge:
- Quality research which provides the scientific basis to develop new treatments and new approaches to prevent common injuries and diseases;
- Data that identifies the most effective ways to organize, manage, and finance high quality care and to improve patient safety.
In 2013, the Foundation Board started work on a ground-breaking initiative to address the great need for health services and health policy research. The initiative, The Center of Excellence (COE) for Health Services and Health Policy, will be dedicated to expanding the number of physical therapy scientists in this critical field.
The Foundation has raised $3 million to fund the Center of Excellence and we are tremendously excited and proud that we have been able to gather such broad support from the profession – including a $1 million pledge from APTA, and support from over 40 APTA components, many private practices and generous individual and corporate donors. Those that have pledged or donated to date are listed
The Foundation undertook the most aggressive campaign in our history, raising $3 million in a single year. The strong support of so many donors has put us on the road to changing the face of physical therapy, securing our place in the future of healthcare, and dramatically improving the quality of care provided to patients.
The Foundation will continue to raise funds for this campaign to strengthen our ability to offer grants and scholarships through our own funding program to complement the Center of Excellence.
The Foundation will award a $2.5 million grant to the most qualified institution or health systems network to launch and manage the COE. The Foundation expects to start accepting Letters of Intent for the COE grant later this year. An ad hoc Scientific Review Committee with expertise in health services/health policy research will review the applications, and the Board of Trustees plans to make the award in 2015.
Physical therapist researchers who are accepted into the program will receive the training and skills necessary to examine the most effective ways to deliver, organize, and finance health care delivery, which will ultimately help all of us in the profession dramatically improve patient outcomes. The training will allow them to:
- Answer key questions related to best physical therapy practice principles and models
- Review information from electronic health records and other large scale databases and registries
- Build capacity for creation, dissemination, and application of health policy knowledge among practitioners, policymakers, payors, and other stakeholders
For more information, e-mail Barbara Malm, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 800/875-1378.
Watch Foundation President, Bill Boissonnault, discuss the Center of Excellence campaign at CSM 2014.
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PODCAST: Health Services Research Funding and the Foundation for Physical Therapy Participants: William G. Boissonnault, PT, DPT, DHSc, FAPTA, FAAOMPT, and Rebecca L. Craik, PT, PhD, FAPTA. Moderator: Daniel L. Riddle, PT, PhD, FAPTA, Deputy Editor in Chief, PTJ [Podcast] [About the Podcast]