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Center for Healthcare Innovation, Implementation, and Policy

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Our Center

We are one of 19 VA Health Systems Research (HSR) Centers of Innovation (COINs) as of October 1, 2013.

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CSHIIP Investigators Honored at VA Research Week 2023

CSHIIP at VA Research Week

CSHIIP Investigators Elizabeth Yano, PhD, MSPH and Donna Washington, MD, MPH were honored at the 2023 VA Research Week Kickoff Event

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Fellowship Programs

Fellowship Opportunities

We have been an approved VA post-doctoral training site since 1994 and we've offered Associated Health fellowship training since 2002.

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Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation and Policy (CSHIIP)

CSHIIP Research

CSHIIP's mission is to develop and test innovations for improving the effectiveness and value of VA healthcare. Investigators focus on implementation, observational and intervention research on provider behavior, quality improvement, collaborative care models and assessments of organizational factors related to quality. Research projects conducted address a core set of strategic program areas  including, but not limited to, vulnerable populations, primary care, women's health, integrative medicine, genetics, mental health and emergency management. For more information, see our Research Areas.

Primary Care

Women's Health

High-Risk Populations


Primary Care Research AreaPrimary Care

Our Research in Primary Care spans the center's 6 aims, and includes studies of the variations in VA primary care delivery, the multi-level (patient, provider, organizational) factors associated with VA primary care arrangements or performance, and the effectiveness of alternate primary care strategies and contributions to implementation science. Our goal  is to improve the delivery and performance of primary care practice in the context of VA's Patient-Centered Medical Home and Patient-Aligned Care Teams (PACT) by developing and studying PACT innovations.

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Women's Health Research AreaWomen's Health

Our Research in Women's Health has been foundational to VA research, practice and policy for over 15 years, from the first evaluation of how care is organized for women Veterans, to leading national development  of the VA women's health research evidence base through the VA HSR funded Women's Health Research Network (WHRN). Our goal is to accelerate the implementaion of and access to high-quality comprehensive care for women Veterans.

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High-Risk Populations High-Risk Populations

Our Research on High-risk/High need Veteran groups spans serious mental illness (SMI), homelessness, substance use disorders (SUD), long-term care/aging, and acute care/patient safety. Our goal is to conduct research that systematically improves the care of vulnerable populations in these areas.


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Complementary & Integrative HealthCIH

Our Emerging Research Areas reflect partnered research with potential for improving VA care through impact-oriented strategic planning. These areas aim to develop, test and implement novel care models for Complementary and Integrative/Whole Health, Specialty Care, and Emergency Management.


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In addition to research collaborations, we conduct multi-site and multi-VISN intervention and implementation trials with clinical trials with clinical leads across the country. Our principal partners are the Office of Primary Care, Office of Women's Health Services and Office of Informatics and Analytics. These research-clinical partnerships each reflect over a decade of prior collaborative work. We also partner with resource centers and national program offices with clinical, practice and research focuses. For more information about our partnerships, please see our Partner & Resource Centers.

National and Regional Leadership Roles

Our investigators contribute to policy and practice through numerous leadership roles. They make particularly strong contributions to VA Central Office, major health care quality agencies and organizations and professional societies. For more information about leadership roles, see About Us.

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