Dr. Betsy Cliff receives funding through Avalere-RWJF Grant

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In conjunction with Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), Avalere recently released grant funding for research on health systems models of care to better understand which model components are essential to promoting health equity. The funded projects will evaluate models for transforming health systems to promote health equity for Medicaid populations.
Dr. Cliff is a co-investigator on the “Bringing Relationships Into Care Delivery to Grow Equity (BRIDGE)2” project, a collaboration between Heartland Health Centers and UIC. Led by Dr. Jeffrey Panzer (HHC) and Dr. Emily Stiehl (UIC SPH), this project tests in a system of federally-qualified health centers an emerging model of care that uses care team coordinators in patient visits to facilitate understanding and communication between patients and providers. They seek to understand the impact of this model, which focuses on the care team coordinators building relationships with patients, on patient satisfaction and health.