CHIP Launches New Project to Study Unhealthy Alcohol Use

The Center for Health Information Partnerships (CHIP) was awarded a $2.2 million grant for INSPIRE, a research study supporting and evaluating the implementation of screening and treatment interventions for patients with unhealthy alcohol use. The Research Demonstration and Dissemination Grant (R18) is funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). CHIP is one of six grantees of a $16 million national initiative issued by AHRQ to help fight excessive drinking.

Over a four-year grant period, INSPIRE will use evidence-based quality improvement (QI) support to increase screening, brief intervention, treatment, and referral to treatment in the primary care setting. A minimum of 125 (up to 160) practices and health centers in Wisconsin and Illinois will be involved. Practice staff and recruited providers will receive online and in-person education promoting the use of related workflows in electronic health record (EHR) systems.

“We are thrilled to be a part of this exciting opportunity to work with AHRQ and primary care practices in Illinois and Wisconsin to support reduction of unhealthy alcohol use,” says Theresa Walunas, PhD, co-principal investigator of INSPIRE.

INSPIRE will serve Wisconsin and Illinois, a region with some of the highest excessive and binge drinking rates in the country. The project builds on the practice facilitation infrastructure developed through the AHRQ-funded Healthy Hearts in the Heartland (H3) research study.

INSPIRE will rely on the expertise of CHIP leadership, practice facilitation, and project management teams, including co-principal investigators, CHIP Director Abel Kho, MD, and CHIP Associate Director Theresa Walunas, PhD.

To learn more about INSPIRE, visit the project page.


About the Center for Health Information Partnerships
The Center for Health Information Partnerships (CHIP) serves a mission to bring people, communities, and data together to drive measurable and sustained improvement in health. Since 2010, CHIP has worked with partners to strengthen the use of health information technology and improve access to health data. CHIP is part of the Institute for Public Health and Medicine based at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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