Examining the role of state collaborative networks in exchanging information electronically on population health

The Foundation's National Program for Public Health Research was designed to further the growth and impact of the field of public health services and systems research (PHSSR) by coordinating current PHSSR investments, supporting real-world applications of research, strengthening the capacity of researchers and practitioners, catalyzing the translation and application of findings into practice, increasing visibility and champions for the work, and attracting other funders to the field.This new award provides two years of mentored support for junior PHSSR scientists, with matching salary support and guaranteed protected research time from the sponsoring institution.Holly Jarman is a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan (UM) School of Public Health. She holds a PhD in Political Science, has published in the fields of public health, public policy and information science, and has worked in several policy roles including for the United Kingdom Department of Health. She is a Co-PI for the National Science Foundation's Community-based Interoperability Networks program, studying the impact of collaborative governance on proprietary data-sharing. Her career development plan for this award includes: (1) a graduate summer session on epidemiology; (2) a graduate certificate in complex systems modeling; and (3) mentorship on public health informatics from expert faculty. Jarman's research will study the implementation of policies supporting Health Information Exchange (HIE) as they relate to the exchange of lab data and immunization records via statewide collaborative networks. Using existing survey data and new interview data, she will construct a simulation model to uncover interventions and incentives to promote incorporation of public health data into HIE. Peter Jacobson, Professor of Health Law and Policy and Director of the Center for Law, Ethics and Health, will serve as the on-site research mentor. In addition, a public health practice mentor will evaluate suggested policy interventions and dissemination strategies, and connect Jarman to relevant state and county public health communities. Dissemination will include a policy analysis and brief on collaborative governance in HIE, and a simulation model of Michigan's HIE usage.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $100,000.00

Awarded on: 12/3/2012

Time frame: 12/1/2012 - 11/30/2014

Grant Number: 70579


University of Michigan School of Public Health

1420 Washington Heights
Ann Arbor, 48109-2013


Peter D. Jacobson
Project Director


Holly Jarman
Project Director