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COIN: Center of Innovation for Complex Chronic Healthcare (CINCCH); Hines, IL

Center of Innovation for Complex Chronic Healthcare

Director: Kevin Stroupe, PhD


About the COIN

CINCCH’s Mission: By engaging Veterans and VA partners in high-quality, innovative research and through the training of health systems researchers, we seek to improve healthcare delivery and outcomes for Veterans with complex chronic conditions, needs, and life circumstances.

Research Focused Areas

Research at this Center focuses on:

  1. Developing, evaluating, and implementing evidence-based interventions to improve outcomes in Veterans with disabilities related to neurological conditions.
  2. Enhancing the quality of interactions between healthcare professionals and Veterans to improve complex chronic disease management outcomes.

Additional research and implementation efforts to enhance quality of care, safety, and value for Veterans 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.

Partner Offices

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

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