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The West Virginia University Office of Health Services Research (WVU OHSR), part of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, has a long-term history of working with state, regional, and national partners on chronic disease prevention and control, cancer prevention and control, health informatics, and quality of care improvement efforts. 

 

Values

WVU OHSR believes in listening to the needs of our partners, finding common ground, and working collaboratively to address priority health disparities and concerns in a way which is of direct benefit to patient care, population health outcomes, and longer-term health care savings. 

 

Mission

WVU OHSR is a broad-based organization serving the threefold mission of a land-grant university -- service, research, and education. Our primary goal is to facilitate improvement in the health and health care of West Virginians by providing quality improvement support, applied research, planning and resource development, analytical data management, and other consultative services for health care and health related agencies throughout the state.
 

Background

WVU OHSR has a forty-three year history of involvement in health-related research activities. Our office was founded in 1975 as a branch of the Regional Medical Program to meet the need for technical assistance in primary health and health planning. For several years it was a part of the WVU Office of Rural Health, and today is a division of the WVU School of Public Health.

Our office is a funded partner with the WV Bureau for Public Health to support chronic disease quality of care improvement in primary care centers statewide. OHSR s primarily funded by the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health, Division of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease to support statewide primary care centers in chronic disease quality of care improvement. 

We assist primary care centers in accurately tracking patient outcomes, benchmarking care against national standards, and modifying clinical policies and procedures for improved outcomes. This is a three-fold effort, comprised of:

  1. support in use of electronic health records and registries to monitor and target care
  2. provider and staff training/education on chronic disease prevention and management
  3. assistance in the use of clinical outcomes data for quality improvement

Further, we help to build and foster practice-led research efforts among our state-based primary care partners.