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Division of Applied Research at Allina Health
For more about applied research at Allina Health, call Gena Linafelter
The Division of Applied Research advances practice-based research that serves patients, families, providers and communities. The Division designs, evaluates and applies proven ways to improve health care delivery and population health.
Health care delivery research and innovation
The Division of Applied Research works with internal and external partners to test new ways to:
That work includes these and other projects.
The goal of LifeCourse is to support 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.
Robina Care Guide Project
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.
Colorectal Cancer Screening With Improved Shared Decision Making
Colorectal Cancer Screening With Improved Shared Decision Making (CRCS-WISDM) began in December 2012 and ends in December 2014. The project is partnership between Allina Health, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the communities of Hastings and Buffalo, Minnesota. It aims to improve colorectal cancer screening rates by:
To learn more about the project and colorectal cancer screening, visit screentoprevent.com.
Population health research and innovation
The Division of Applied Research engages in novel approaches to improve population health through community partnerships. That work includes projects like this.
The Backyard Initiative
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.