Project Summary

Harris Health will undertake PCORI HSII Capacity Building Projects in partnership with UTHealth School of Public Health (UTSPH), Harris Health’s long-standing population health partner. The projects respond to essential needs, specifically: the want of governance structures and protocols specific to PCORI HSII, data development bandwidth constraints expected to hinder nimble responses to future calls for proposals (CFPs) and the timely evaluation of future Implementation Projects, the lack of a standard organizational program evaluation framework, and the need for project management and thought-partner support to enable the principal investigator (PI) to oversee capacity building and leverage the HSII participation opportunity to further Harris Health’s journey as a Learning Health System.

Under the leadership of the chief health officer, Chethan Bachireddy, M.D., MSc, and the PI, Harris Health Population Health, Data Science, Quality and the UTSPH will undertake four projects:

  1. Develop a governance protocol for responding to CFPs that engages comprehensive experience and expertise inside Harris Health and UTSPH.
  2. Enhance data and evaluation capacity by:
    1. Developing an inventory of available data in priority domains, then developing new data where appropriate, including social drivers of health.
    2. Training staff to develop data from the complex Epic environment.
  3. Develop a standardized protocol for program evaluation via a newly formed governance committee leveraging internal and external expertise.
  4. Enhance support for the Principal Investigator via project management, facilitating communication across leadership, forming and operating governance structures, bolstering thought partnership and facilitating Learning Network engagement.

Health System Name

  • Harris Health System

Principal Investigator(s)

  • Chethan Bachireddy, MD, MSc, Chief Health Officer

About HSII Capacity Building Projects
Funding for HSII Capacity Building Projects was the first funding opportunity available under HSII, to support HSII Participants’ efforts to prepare for successful implementation and program evaluation as part of HSII Implementation Projects. Through HSII, HSII Participants will undertake implementation projects to actively advance the adoption of new evidence, drawn from PCORI-funded research, into their care delivery settings.

Project Information

Harris Health System

Key Dates

June 2023
December 2024
Last updated: June 27, 2023