COIN: Center of Innovation for Complex Chronic Healthcare (CINCCH); Hines, IL
Director: Kevin Stroupe, PhD
About the COIN
CINCCH’s Mission: By engaging Veterans and VA partners in conducting high quality, innovative research and through the training of future VA health services researchers, we seek to improve health care delivery and outcomes for Veterans with complex chronic conditions. We define complex chronic care to include Veterans with complex needs and life circumstances (e.g., lifelong disabilities) and those who use multiple sources of care (e.g., VA, Medicare, non-VA care).
Research Focused Areas
Research at this Center focuses on:
- Developing and implementing best practices for Veterans with disabilities.
- Developing and implementing strategies to optimize patient engagement, patient-centered care, and access to care.
Additional research and implementation efforts to enhance quality of care, safety, and value for Veterans center around infectious disease and the stewardship of
center around infectious disease and the stewardship of antibiotics and opioids.
Research to Impact for VeteRans (RIVR)
Data to Improve Veterans’ Outcomes (DIVO) in SCI/D Multiple Principal Investigators:
Kevin Stroupe, PhD; Jennifer Sippel, PhD
Goals of this project include developing and improving the use of data, standardized across VHA Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders (SCI/D) Centers; enhancing the care and experience of Veterans with SCI/D; promoting a learning healthcare system; and supporting innovations in care through research. Investigators will accomplish this by enhancing an existing longitudinal registry of Veterans with SCI/D. Using health services research methods, including data and measurement science and mixed-methods approaches, investigators will incorporate routinely collected data as well as patient-reported data into the registry and use the registry to assess patients’ outcomes.
Additional Implementation and Evaluation Activities
CINCCH investigators are multiple PIs (MPI) of the Evidence to Policy Center for Veterans (EPEC-Vet), a Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI) Program whose purpose is to assist VA operations offices by conducting rigorous and timely evaluations of high priority VA programs and policies. A CINCCH investigator is also MPI of Combating Antimicrobial Resistance through Rapid Implementation of Available Guidelines and Evidence II (CARRIAGE II), a QUERI Program focused on reducing the spread of multi-drug resistant infections in the VA through the implementation of evidence-based strategies.
Each COIN works closely with operational partners throughout the VA healthcare system. CINCCH's partners include:
- VA SCI/D National Program Office
- VHA National Center for Patient Safety
- Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Program Office
- Pain Management and Opioid Prescription Monitoring Program
- VA Office of Connected Care/Telehealth Services
- VA Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation
- Great Lakes Health Care System, VISN 12
- Pharmacy Benefit Management
- National Homeless Program Office
- VA Diffusion of Innovation Office
- VHA Office of Nursing Services