Letter from the Director
It’s an honor to have the opportunity to serve as the new director of the Roger C. Lipitz Center for Integrated Care and the third Eugene and Mildred Lipitz Professor, succeeding Karen Davis, PhD, who served as director from 2013 to 2017. Chad Boult, MD served as the inaugural director from 2003 to 2013.
It has been 20 years since our Center was first established by Roger C. Lipitz , who was ahead of the times in envisioning a Center to support evidence-informed policy to improve the quality of care and quality of lives of persons with complex health needs and disability. With population aging, the rapid pace of technological innovation and pressing concerns related to constrained resources, this vision is ever more important today.
The Roger C. Lipitz Center for Integrated Health Care is an interdisciplinary collaborative based in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The Center is engaged in a variety of activities that encompasses conducting innovative research, educating the leaders of tomorrow, and translating discoveries into effective policies and practices to improve the quality of care and quality of life of persons with complex health needs and disabilities. The Center is the home of the National Health and Aging Trends Study and its National Survey of Caregivers, an important national resource that was developed to serve as the definitive source of information on disability trends and trajectories in late life. The Center also has a long history of policy work related to payment models and financing of services. Finally the Center has a tradition of conducting interdisciplinary interventional research to effect transformative change in care delivery.
Although integrated care is relevant to everyone, it is most critical for those who are living with complex health needs, serious illness, and disabilities. These individuals are frequent users of health services and are therefore particularly susceptible to fragmented, costly and poor quality of care. As integrated care requires a team-based approach, our work is highly interdisciplinary and intersects with faculty, research centers and schools across Johns Hopkins institutions as well as external partners in government, nonprofit organizations and private industry.
We welcome you to join in our efforts to improve health care delivery for patients, their families and caregivers by supporting our efforts.
Jennifer L. Wolff, PhD, MHS
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