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 Policy and Health Services Research seeks to discover the underlying causal relationships that affect the effectiveness and efficiency of health care services. Through excellence in research, we strive to provide the knowledge needed to improve quality of care, maximize the health of populations, and minimize the burden of disease. The Center seeks to conduct research relevant to health policy decisions at the state and national levels, and to be a focal point for the Henry Ford Health System's participation in, and influence on, those decisions.

We seek to produce high-quality science as evidenced through our publications. We strive to actively contribution to the direction of health policy by providing objective and incisive analyses that result in sound decisions regarding the provision and financing of care.


The Center for Health Policy and Health Services Research will be a nationally-recognized source of important, clinically-relevant health services research findings. Its staff will be active participants in the processes that establish health care policy, and it will be a catalyst for our health system's organizational participation in those processes.

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

Our research scope is broad, encompassing a spectrum of activity. We have received funding for some significant new research projects, and we continue to work and publish findings from our on-going studies. 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. We continue to receive national and international recognition as evidenced by our publications in leading medical journals, such as American Journal of Gastroenterology, Circulation, JAMA psychiatry, Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Journal of General Internal Medicine, Medical Care, Nature Genetics, and Pharmacogenomics. Within the Henry Ford Health System staff with the Center for Health Services Research annually mentor medical students and residents interested in health services research; conduct lectures and ground rounds; and support clinical improvement activities. .

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