Friday, June 5, 2009

Introducing Dr. Elizabeth Bradley... one of our keynote speakers

Dr. Bradley is a Professor of Public Health and Chair of the Global Health Concentration at the Yale School of Public Health. She also is the Director of the Health Management Program at Yale School of Public Health and Co-Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at the Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Bradley is a recognized expert in health services research with emphasis in management and implementation research, quality improvement, and health policy. She is currently conducting research in the U.S. on best practices for reduce door-to-balloon time for patients with heart attacks and diffusing new models of heart attack care to more than 1,000 hospitals throughout the U.S. In this work, she has pioneered a new approach to applying mixed methods to first characterize and then test statistically key distinguishing features of higher and lower performing hospitals in cardiovascular care. Dr. Bradley is working extensively in international settings on health system strengthening projects including improving hand hygiene and infection control policies in China with the World Health Organization, management training and evaluation for the National Health Service in the U.K. and for the Foundation for Professional Development in South Africa, enhancing hospital and county health team management functions in Liberia, and building hospital management capacity through quality improvement efforts in Ethiopia. The latter two projects are carried out in close collaboration with the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative and are initiatives in which strong government relations have been fostered and sustained. Dr. Bradley was previously a hospital administrator at Massachusetts General Hospital for several years, where she participated in the National Demonstration for Quality Improvement in Health Care. In her capacity as Principal Investigator, Dr. Bradley will oversee all aspects of the proposed project including direct supervision of the Yale Global Health Fellows and researchers and regular communication with CHAI, CIFF, and governmental officials as needed to ensure effective partnerships with all parties.

Dr. Bradley co-authored an issue brief for The Commonwealth Fund relating to the adoption of findings: Translating Research into Practice: Speeding the Adoption of Innovative Health Care Programs. Forum participants will find it interesting reading in advance of Dr. Bradley's talk in July.

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