The Division of Applied Research, within the Allina Health Office of Clinical Excellence, is dedicated to advancing practice-based research and service innovation to patients, families, providers and communities.
Our purpose is to design, evaluate and disseminate innovative strategies to improve health care delivery and enhance population health. We partner with internal and external collaborators to support the long-term sustainability of practice-based research.
To understand the effectiveness of our current health care delivery approaches and test new ways to improve clinical quality, patient experience and decrease cost, we've outlined goals in these areas:
Our health care delivery research and innovation goals encompass includes these and other projects.
LifeCourse supports study participants by exploring and providing resources to help those with serious illness to live as they wish. The LifeCourse team walks beside individuals and families during their journey, working together with the entire health care team.
With the support of a grant from the Robina Foundation, Allina Health piloted a new approach to primary care: Using care guides to help patients with chronic diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure and heart failure manage their health.
This partnership between Allina Health, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the communities of Hastings and Buffalo, began in December 2012 and ended in December 2014. It improved colorectal cancer screening rates by:
For more about the project and colorectal cancer screening, visit
As we engage in novel approaches to improve the health of our communities
through system-community partnerships and embed a public health approach
within a provider organization, we focus on these goals:
Our population health research and innovation goals involve projects like this:
Our goal is to improve the health and health care of people who live near Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Allina Health Commons and Phillips Eye Institute in Minneapolis. Despite having world-class medical care "right in their backyard," many experience poor health and cannot afford health care.
For more about applied research at Allina Health, call Bethany
Atazadeh at 612-262-4532.