Professional Networks and Preparing for Future Funding

CHCPR’s professional development resources and networks can help you stay current and make new connections. The field of health services research is dynamic and evolving, particularly at this time of rapid change and transition in the health policy landscape. CHCPR is committed to providing our clients with support to stay up to date and informed on cutting edge research related to improving health, advancing the quality of care, and reducing health care costs.

Developing Professional Networks

Cutting edge research in the field of health services requires researchers to develop connections within academic, practice, and policy settings. CHCPR has established connections with high profile professionals and organizations across all sectors of health care, as well as many experts in the field of health improvement research and evaluation. Many of CHCPR’s previous and current projects involve collaborative partnerships; some partnerships are established during the grant development stage and others emerge throughout the research process as opportunities to collaborate arise. Researchers working with CHCPR have access to this professional network, as well as faculty and staff members with the familiarity and connections to identify collaborative prospects and help make research partnerships successful.

Providing Access to Networks

We identify partnership opportunities within our network and provide introduction to help CHCPR clients obtain funding and enhance research projects through collaboration.

Accessing Data Sets and Professional Services

In addition to the individuals within our professional network, our connections include organizations that collect various forms of data that may be of use to CHCPR clients (i.e., large scale, longitudinal, and national data sets), as well as a number of research service organizations (i.e., survey research firms, transcription services, etc.) that have been vetted by CHCPR through our previous and ongoing work.

Catalyzing Research Collaborations

We assist researchers in establishing and coordinating research partnerships. Examples of these services:

  • Arranging in-person or virtual meetings with multiple participants across multiple time zones
  • Writing contracts
  • Developing data use agreements

Keeping Current in Health Services Research

CHCPR offers a variety of professional development opportunities for faculty, staff, and students across the University Park and Commonwealth Campuses.

Health Services Research Colloquium

In partnership with the Department of Health Policy and Administration, CHCPR co-sponsors this semester-long colloquium series that includes speakers both internal and external to Penn State. The speakers, who represent a wide variety of disciplines, present current topics relevant to the field of health services research. Click here for a schedule to our current colloquium series.

Workshops and Conferences

CHCPR sponsors and co-sponsors workshops and conferences, which provide education and training on cutting edge research topics and methodologies.

Research Training for Graduate and Undergraduate Students

CHCPR’s funded research projects provide real-world learning opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students interested in gaining experience in health services research. Our staff is experienced in recruiting, training, and managing the work of student research assistants. In some instances, CHCPR can offer cost sharing for graduate students who are appointed via graduate research assistantships.


Contact Us to Learn More About Opportunities for Development and Networking

Tracy Johnson

Research Technologist, Administrative Support Team