CHCPR - Center for Health Care and Policy Research

CHCPR Welcomes New Director

photo of Dennis Scanlon

As of July 1, 2014, the Center for Health Care and Policy Research is being led by a new director, Dr. Dennis Scanlon.

Dr. Scanlon, a professor of Health Policy and Administration (HPA), will build on the strong foundation established by former director, Dr. Pamela Farley Short.

Joining the HPA faculty in 1997, Dr. Scanlon also holds visiting and adjunct appointments at The Medical University of South Carolina. He has closely been associated with the Center, leading the evaluation component of the Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) project, which is the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s signature effort to lift the overall quality of health care in targeted communities, reduce racial and ethnic disparities, and provide models for national health care reform.

Dr. Scanlon was also selected as the 2014 recipient of the Evan G. and Helen G. Pattishall Outstanding Research Achievement Award, which honors a faculty member in our college who has "advanced the frontiers of knowledge in his or her field."


Health Services Research Colloquium

Monday, 11:30 – 1:00 p.m. (118 Keller Building)

Sponsored by the Center for Health Care and Policy Research and the Department of Health Policy and Administration

Remote locations can participate in the colloquium lectures via your own computer by accessing the Adobe Connect URL:

Dial-in Number: (712) 775-7031 Meeting ID: 890-919-955

Fall 2014 Schedule


Monday, September 8
Sujoy Chakravarty, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Professor and Health Economist, Center for State Health Policy, Rutgers University
Title: “Hospital Adjustments to Changing Demand and Provision of Uncompensated Care: Does Ownership Make a Difference?


Monday, September 22
Julia Adler-Milstein, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, School of Information and Public Health University of Michigan
Title: “Exploring the Electronic Health Record-Performance Improvement Gap - A Contextual Lens”


Monday, October 20
Austin Frakt , Ph.D.
Associate Professor, School of Medicine and Public Health, Boston University
Title: “A Press Release Is Not Enough: How You Can Help Bridge the Research-Policy Communication Gap”


Monday, November 3
Joe Schafer, Ph.D.
Area Chief for Statistical Computing, Center for Statistical Computing, Center for Statistical Research & Methodology, U.S. Census Bureau
Title: “Emergent Issues in Survey Science for Health Service Researchers”


Wednesday, November 12
Paul Haidet , M.D., M.P.H.
Professor of Medicine, Humanities, and Public Health Sciences, Director, Medical Education Research, Penn State University, Hershey Medical Center
Title: “Patient Provider Communication”