Major Academic Institutions and Foundations Establish Partnerships with Westat

2014-12-12

Westat recently established its first collaborative partnerships with major academic institutions and foundations. These partnerships uniquely blend our distinct areas of expertise and resources resulting in expanded capacity for addressing community and population health needs via program and service design and development, data management and analysis, and scientific reporting.

Our new partners include

  • Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions, Johns Hopkins University. The center brings together the health research and program development resources of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutes (schools of Public Health, Medicine, and Nursing) to demonstrate the efficacy of public health, social science, and medical science in mitigating health disparities. The center meets this mission through efforts in research, training, and community outreach.
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). UMB is the state’s public health, law, and human services university that provides excellence in professional and graduate education, and specializes in research, patient care, and public service. The university has seven professional and graduate schools, and conducts internationally recognized research to cure disease and to improve the health, social functioning, and just treatment of the people it serves.
  • Southern Christian Leadership Foundation, Inc. The foundation’s mission is to eradicate HIV/AIDS and human trafficking, as well as building stronger communities. Its collaborations with partners demonstrate the efficacy of public health, social science, and medical science in mitigating health disparities, which is accomplished through research, training, and community outreach efforts.
  • Tuskegee Macon County Community Foundation, Inc. The foundation was established to enhance the quality of life in the city of Tuskegee and other communities in Macon County, Alabama. Its overarching goals are to provide opportunities to maximize programmatic and fiscal resources; assess community needs/issues and organize resource to act on them; build endowments and community assets; provide fiscal agency and stewardship; make grants; and facilitate strategic alliances and partnerships to benefit the community at large.

Leveraging existing relationships with these institutions, these formal partnerships support developing bi-directional capacity to pursue opportunities in areas that include patient-centered outcomes research, comparative effectiveness research, and pragmatic and clinical trials. These partnerships also advance our common interests in community-based health programs and the reduction of health disparities and inequities.

Through these multidisciplinary, cross-industry collaborations we will exchange expertise, strategically develop areas of mutual interest, and build technical and knowledge infrastructure.