Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Institute for Public Health and Medicine
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Vision, Mission and Values

Vision

The best possible health for all people

Mission

Advancing collaborative research and education that improves health and well-being for all individuals and their communities

Values

Themes

  • Impact: We aspire to having impact beyond academia, to the benefit of practice, policy, culture, community, and the health and well-being of all people and society
  • Health Equity: We aspire to improve the health for all people, eliminating disparities, and advancing equity
  • Diversity: We strive for diversity and inclusion in our workforce and our partnerships
  • Respect: We value honesty, transparency, and the unique contributions made by all collaborators and partners
  • Collaboration: We regard collaboration among diverse people and organizations as essential for maximizing innovation and impact
  • Research Excellence: We stand for exceptional and ethical science and for methodologic rigor
  • Sharing Knowledge and Benefits: We value the sharing of what we know and learn with all collaborators and stakeholders

Functions

  • Provide a nexus for multidisciplinary collaboration among academic and stakeholder experts
  • Invest in partnerships, people, and research programs that advance population health & health equity
  • Support Centers that bring together people and research programs that share common goals, methods, & partners

Methodologic Strengths

  • Partnership brokering with public health & community stakeholders
  • Development, measurement, & analysis of patient reported outcomes
  • Harmonization & analysis of public health, clinical, & research data
  • Quasi-experimental & mixed methods research to inform interventions, policy, and practice
  • Practical use of the NM Enterprise Data Warehouse for planning and conducting research
  • Pragmatic trials that leverage the largest academically affiliated healthcare delivery system in Illinois
  • Biostatistical and econometric methods essential to rigorous comparative effectiveness research

Activities for Stimulating & Supporting Multidisciplinary Research

  • Large and small group events, bringing together scientific and stakeholder communities
  • Individual consultations with members and stakeholder groups
  • Group consultations (studios) for partnership and proposal development purposes
  • Assistance acquiring institutional pilot grants and/or vouchers
  • Communication briefs for dissemination to the press and targeted stakeholder groups
  • Weekly IPHAM Seminars – presentations on new research or provocative issues
  • Partnering with Feinberg departmental leaders to recruit new faculty to NU/IPHAM
  • Collaboration & grants management support for large center grants/contracts

Stimulating & Supportive Education & Career Development

  • Educational programs for certificate or degree credit
    • Health Services & Outcomes Research (certificate; MS; PhD)
    • Healthcare Quality & Patient Safety (certificate; MS; PhD)
    • Public Health (MPH – Generalist or concentration in Epidemiology; Community Health; or Global Health)
    • Biostatistics (MS)
    • Medical Humanities & Bioethics (MA)
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship Training (T32) in Health Services and Outcomes Research
  • Patient-Centered Outcomes Research K12 Program (NU-PATIENT)
  • Learning Health Systems Research Training K12 Program (ACCELERAT)
  • Mentoring for junior faculty members on K or other career development awards
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