The Gehr Family Center for Health Systems Science and Innovation

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gehr-teamOur mission is to help collaborating health systems deliver better, more efficient care, and to learn about the science of health care delivery in the process. We are grateful for the opportunity to conduct this important work thanks to the generosity of Mr. Norbert Gehr, a successful businessman who supported us to start the Center.

Here is a link to our mission and vision statement as well as our 2018-19 annual report. If you are interested in learning more and collaborating with us, please contact us!


• Gehr Center director Michael Hochman, MD, MPH offers his thoughts on a recent new analysis on healthcare “hotspotting.”

• The Gehr Center’s Susanne Hempel, PhD, was quoted in an article in Physician’s Weekly about declines in the rural physician workforce. Hempel has previously conducted systematic reviews on this topic.

• The Gehr Center’s Susanne Hempel, PhD received a 5-year Evidence-Based Practice Center grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Through the Center, Dr. Hempel and her team will be eligible to apply for funding to conduct systematic reviews and meta-analyses on topics that are posted by AHRQ. There are just a handful of such Centers nationwide, and AHRQ will award up to $40 million in funding to these Centers over the next 5 years.

• Gehr faculty member Barbara Turner, MD, MPH had a paper published in the Annals of Internal Medicine describing the challenges and opportunities in screening for and treating Hepatitis C in safety-net settings.

• A new analysis led by Gehr Center faculty Michael Cousineau, DPH reports on an initiative to provide the diabetes prevention program, in a digital format, to low-income patients  The study found that “low-income patients with prediabetes benefitted from a digitally delivered diabetes intervention.”

• A perspective piece in the Journal of General Internal Medicine by Gehr faculty Sonali Saluja, MD, MPH and Michael Hochman, MD, MPH describes the opportunity for primary care clinicians to take a more active role in preventing hospital readmissions.

• Gehr faculty member Todd Schneberk testified recently before Congress about U.S. asylum policies. You can read Dr. Schneberk’s full testimony here.

• Applications for the 2020 Gehr Summer Student Innovators program are now available

• A Keck initiative, led by Gehr team members Carol Peden and Veronica Pagán, aimed at promoting person-centered care for patients undergoing orthopedic and cancer care was featured in a recent brief by the Hospital Association of Southern California.

• Led by the Gehr Center’s director of health systems innovation, Carol Peden, MD, MPH, Keck Medicine of USC has implemented a new peri-operative care program to reduce inappropriate opioid prescribing.

•Gehr faculty Susanne Hempel, PhD, establishes the Southern California Evidence Review Center at Keck.

• In a Health Affairs blog piece, Gehr Center faculty Michael Hochman, along with other colleagues, calls for a “public option” to facilitate health information exchange.

• A new Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis by Gehr faculty member Susanne Hempel highlights the need for future research on energy intake and expenditures.

• Gehr student Andrea Banuelos Mota’s article describing the challenges of medication compliance for Latino patients with diabetes was featured by La Opinion.

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