Data is the foundation for nursing practice and the generation of new nursing knowledge through research. Data science supports the transformation of data into information and knowledge. Health informatics platforms and tools enable patient-centered care across settings and facilitate the research process, including knowledge discovery and intervention delivery.

Suzanne Bakken, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI, FIAHSI, Executive Director

The Center for Community-Engaged Health Informatics and Data Science (CCHIDS)  unites world-class health informatics and data science researchers and combines contributions to promote health and health equity at community, national, and international levels. Aligned with the school’s strategic goals, CCHIDS is committed to social justice and health equity.

Focusing on Columbia Nursing’s social justice and equity initiative, CCHIDS goals include research, education/training, and service in health informatics and data science, community engagement and activities. The Center aims to offer health informatics and data science services including extraction of clinical data warehouse and electronic health record data, working in data enclaves such as the All of Us Researcher Workbench, natural language processing, in order to enhance the quality and efficiency of the school’s research.

CCHIDS Executive Committee

  • Suzanne Bakken, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI, Executive Director and Lead, Community Engagement Services
  • Gregory Alexander, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI, FIAHSI, CCHIDS Affiliate and Lead, Policy
  • Ruth Masterson Creber, PhD, MSc, RN, FAAN, FAHA, FHFSA, CCHIDS Affiliate and Lead, Research
  • Rebecca Schnall, PhD, MPH, BSN, FAAN, FACMI, CCHIDS Affiliate and Lead, Education/Training
  • Maxim Topaz, PhD, MA, RN, FAAN, CCHIDS Affiliate and Lead, Health Informatics and Data Science Services
  • Yihong Zhao, PhD, MPhil, BS, CCHIDS Affiliate and Lead, Biostatistical Services