About the Center

The Center for Healthcare Delivery Research and Innovations (HDRI) is a leader in cutting-edge health care systems and health services research. The center’s purpose is to advance the mission of Columbia University School of Nursing and the nursing profession by providing a structure to enhance faculty and trainees’ programs of research focused on health services research. The center accelerates faculty and trainees’ research and creates opportunities for collaboration, interaction, and networking to enhance scholarly productivity. Currently, the center trains five PhD students and two postdoctoral fellows.

The center is comprised of a team of interdisciplinary scientists with robust programs of research dedicated to producing evidence to strengthen health care delivery in the United States and internationally. These researchers have expertise in studying health care policy, organizations, workforce, and quality of care and patient outcomes. Some projects conducted by center researchers focus on how to optimally utilize health care professionals, including nurse practitioners, and build health care teams to ensure that patients, particularly racial and ethnic minorities, people living with dementia, and those in underserved areas, have access to timely, high quality, and safe health care services. 

Researchers at the new center are funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and others, and have received past funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, National Council of State Boards of Nursing, and other organizations.