Center for Health Policy & Health Services Research

The Center for Health Policy & Health Services Research (CHSR) is a research unit within the Henry Ford Health System.


The Center for Health Services Research investigates ways to improve the quality, efficiency and equity of health care.


To achieve excellence in health services research and improve human life by applying and disseminating knowledge gained. We seek to disseminate our findings through publication in peer-reviewed journals, presentation at national and local scientific meetings and other media. Our aim is to have the knowledge gained from our research benefit and general population, including those served by the Henry Ford Health System, and shape tomorrow's national health services research agenda. We strive to provide objective, incisive analyses that facilitate sound decision-making regarding the delivery and receipt of health care.

Research activities

Much of the work within the Center for Health Services Research focuses on explorations related to the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and management of chronic conditions, and cancer. The former includes cardiovascular diseases (such as hypertension and lipid disorders), neurological disorders (such as migraine and multiple sclerosis) as well as asthma and diabetes. We also routinely conduct research related to both provider and patient adherence, racial disparities, and quality improvement, including patient safety. We use epidemiological studies, clinical trials, cost-effectiveness analyses, and demonstrations and evaluations to achieve our research goals. Our primary research laboratory consists of the many diverse populations and settings of the Henry Ford Health System. Our research efforts have been supported by funding from the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, Centers for Disease Control, BCBS of Michigan's Healthcare Research Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Industry, and the Fund for Henry Ford Hospital.

CHSR Annual Report


Center staff

The Center for Health Services Research includes staff with training and expertise in health services research, clinical epidemiology, economics, computer science, finance, health education, psychology, sociology and medicine. Center staff also maintains experience and expertise in the use of large administrative and claims databases as well as survey research methods.

CHSR Staff Members

Other activities

Center staff routinely review manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals, serve on study sections, and represent the Henry Ford Health System on governing and organizing boards of national organizations as well as serve on a number of standing and ad hoc committees within the Henry Ford Health System. Within the Henry Ford Health System staff with the Center for Health Services Research annually mentor medical students, and medical and pharmacy residents interested in health services research; Conduct lectures and ground rounds; and support clinical improvement activities.