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The New CHIC


By: Dr. Michael Weiner

Our new Center for Health Information and Communication comes with new challenges and opportunities for innovation. One area of internal innovation is the leadership of the center. Each of the center’s five goals has a specific scientist overseeing it. Beyond myself as I work with the center’s core administration, external partners, and other stakeholders, our leaders are Linda Williams, Tom Imperiale, Rich Frankel, Angie Rollins, and Teresa Damush. Our fellowship leaders are Marianne Matthias, Rich Frankel, and David Haggstrom. Our staff leaders are Dennis Benge and Cindy Lewis. This team will help to improve our cohesiveness, efficiency, innovation, collaboration, and potential for impact. This approach, combined with a newly composed steering committee, will identify activities, methods and resources that the center can use to accomplish its core goals.

Under this reimagined and newly implemented structure, our leaders face significant challenges. Efficiencies need to be identified as the new center faces the global reality of decreased funding for both research infrastructure and grants. Future core funding now depends upon our center’s performance and output. In terms of merit-reviewed HSR&D publications, our center is one of the most prolific among HSR&D centers. Maintaining this excellence will require our leaders and our center to align goals with external partners, and to recruit new scientists to the center. Careful planning, imagination, and creativity by everyone in our center will maximize our success.