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Research Areas

The Center for Health Innovation & Policy Science works in three unique, but equally important, domains: state health policy, health systems, and social determinants of health. Within these three domains, CHIPS researchers have formed specific interests and developed new insights toward the advancement of health across communities and the life.

Across all of our work, CHIPS maintains a commitment toward advancing health equity. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to live their healthiest life possible and not be hindered by their social position or other socially determined circumstances. Therefore, we make it a priority that in all of our efforts, we pay special attention to the needs of those at greatest risk of poor health.


Program Evaluation of Washington State's Adult Protective Services (APS) Program

This evaluation supports the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) APS Program by examining the organizational support and structure of service delivered by APS.

Determining Tobacco Use with Medicaid Data

This research funded by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) examines tobacco use trends in Washington state using Medicaid eligiblity and claims data. This project is a collaboration between UW CHIPS and ASTHO, CDC, Public Health Seattle King County (PHSKC), and the Washington State Department of Health.

State Innovation Models (SIM) Studies

Research led by the University of Washington around SIM took place over two separate evaluations — the Washington State SIM Evaluation and the SIM Follow-Up Evaluation — that explored whether Washington state's SIM Model improved population health, quality of care, and cost growth over three years of implementation.


Social Needs Screening Using the UniteUs Platform

This research project is a pilot evaluation of the UW Kent Des-Moines Clinic's deployment of the UniteUs platform to examine the impact of the platform on the use of social services to address unmet social needs by social assistance referral status.

Housing and Health

Where you live and how you live affects your health. Is your housing stable? Is it affordable? Is it safe? Is your neighborhood inclusive and friendly? Is it near resources and services? CHIPS' Housing and Health working group works on exploring these housing and health relationships.