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Hans Rosling Center

The Center for Health Innovation & Policy Science was initiated in 2017 thanks to generous financial backing from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Office of the Dean of the School of Public Health, and the Department of Health Services.

Our Vision

The Center for Health Innovation & Policy Science (CHIPS) will improve health across communities and the lifespan through our work to innovate, evaluate, and educate in health policy and health systems science, with a focus on health equity.

Our Mission

Influence health policy to improve the health of our communities and the ability of community partners and health systems to reduce health inequities and improve health outcomes

How?   We build partnerships with policy makers, government agencies, healthcare systems, and nonprofit organizations across the Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho (WWAMI) region and nationally to leverage our expertise in policy, intervention, implementation, and evaluationl. This allows us to promote effective and efficient utilization of resources for meaningful and sustainable gains in population health and reductions in health inequities. We produce evidence-based policy briefs from a neutral perspective.

Develop a pipeline of experts in health policy and health systems research

How?   We actively work to expand and diversify the pool of researchers, clinicians, administrators, and analysts who are trained and prepared to use health policy and health systems research methods in their work.

Bring together evaluation, dissemination, and implementation methods that balance rigor, innovation, and pragmatic feasibility

How?   We develop and implement study designs, outcomes measures, and analytic methods, and strategies for evidence synthesis, dissemination, and implementation for use in real world settings of health policy and health systems.

Innovate strategies that facilitate effective, efficient, and evidence-based clinical encounters

How?   We seek to design, implement, and rigorously evaluate innovative and practical interventions that drive evidence-based changes in provider and patient behaviors for patient-centered and value-based improvements in clinical outcomes and health systems.


The Center for Health Innovation & Policy Science (CHIPS) brings together individuals from a variety of backgrounds that share the same vision of working in health policy and health systems science to improve health across communities and the lifespan.

Layla Booshehri portrait

Associate Director
Layla Booshehri
Clinical Assistant Professor, Health Services

Donald Chi portrait

Donald Chi
Professor, Oral Health Sciences
Professor, Health Services

Douglas A. Conrad portrait

Douglas A. Conrad
Professor Emeritus, Health Services

Jerome A. Dugan portrait

Jerome A. Dugan
Assistant Professor, Health Services

Todd Edwards portrait

Todd Edwards
Associate Professor, Health Services

Michelle M. Garrison portrait

Michelle M. Garrison
Associate Professor, Health Services
Research Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Kelly Gilmore portrait

Kelly Gilmore
Clinical Instructor, Health Services

David Grembowski portrait

Interim Director
David Grembowski
Professor Emeritus, Health Services
Professor Emeritus, Oral Health Sciences

Amy Hagopian portrait

Amy Hagopian
Professor, Health Services
Professor, Global Health

Jeffrey R. Harris portrait

Jeffrey R. Harris
Professor and Chair, Health Services

Theresa Hoeft portrait

Theresa Hoeft
Research Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Jeffrey Jarvik portrait

Jeffrey Jarvik
Professor, Radiology
Professor, Health Services
Professor, Neurological Surgery

Jessica Jones-Smith portrait

Jessica Jones-Smith
Associate Professor, Health Services
Associate Professor, Epidemiology

Aaron Katz portrait

Aaron Katz
Principal Lecturer, Health Services

Larry Kessler portrait

Larry Kessler
Professor, Health Services

Sarah Knerr portrait

Sarah Knerr
Acting Assistant Professor, Health Services

Joshua Liao portrait

Joshua Liao
Assistant Professor, Medicine

Donald L. Patrick portrait

Donald L. Patrick
Professor Emeritus, Health Services

Marc Provence portrait

Marc Provence
Clinical Associate Professor, Health Services

Amber Sabbatiniportrait

Amber Sabbatini
Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine

Jeanne M. Sears portrait

Jeanne M. Sears
Research Associate Professor, Health Services

Jennifer Sonney portrait

Jennifer Sonney
Assistant Professor, Nursing

Carolin Spice portrait

Carolin Spice
Senior Lecturer, Health Services

Jenna van Draanen portrait

Jenna van Draanen
Assistant Professor, Health Services
Assistant Professor, Child, Family, and Population Health Nursing

Teresa Ward portrait

Teresa Ward
Professor, Nursing

Bryan Weiner portrait

Bryan Weiner
Professor, Health Services
Professor, Global Health

Emily C. Williams portrait

Emily C. Williams
Associate Professor, Health Services

Edwin Wong portrait

Edwin Wong
Research Associate Professor, Health Services
Core Investigator, VA Puget Sound HealthCare System

Suzanne Wood portrait

Suzanne Wood
Assistant Professor, Health Services

James Kelley portrait Research Coordinator

James Kelley

Lars Almquist portrait Graduate Research Assistant

Lars Almquist

Ariana Anjaz portrait Undergraduate Research Intern

Ariana Anjaz
Graduated 2019

Laura Bender portrait Graduate Research Assistant

Laura Bender, MS
Graduated 2018

Priya Sarma portrait Undergraduate Research Intern

Priya Sarma