Wright State University School of Medicine

The Center for Global Health Systems, Management, and Policy is part of the Department of Community Health at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio. Our goals are to improve the quality, efficiency and access to health care. We serve the local community as well as play a role in developing national models. We promote the education of all health providers — physicians, hospitals, managers, insurers, employers — in areas of management and health economics. We believe that one of the keys to success for the future of health care is the orientation of population-based health care. While continuing the individual care to a patient, a health provider must also understand and support the needs of the community. Through grants and contracts, we analyze and develop programs and systems of care. Through our interests in preventive and community based health care we work to prevent disease, disability, and lost quality of life.

In parallel to our educational programs, we provide consulting and services to health providers and health systems. Our local expertise combined with our national experience combines to offer valuable service. As part of a university system, the cost of our consulting operation is substantially below that of large, for-profit firms. A key role that we play is to serve as an organization that stimulates critically necessary dialogue in health care public policy. In addition to promoting universal health care, we provide a forum for ideas, new, old, current, and recycles to be aired, debated, and developed. It is our practice to be at the edge of these changes, to anticipate them, prepare for them, and be a part of them as they enter the health care environment. Welcome to the Center for Global Health Systems, Management, and Policy at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine.

The Center was selected by NHLBI as one of a group of community-based organizations called Enhanced Dissemination and Utilization Centers (EDUC). The EDUC program, now totaling 12 communities, was launched in 2001 to implement focused heart-health education strategies in high-risk communities. The project's goals center on identifying cardiovascular risk factors and preventing cardiovascular disease by implementing strategies to optimize both physician practices and patient behaviors. Strategies include increasing awareness of one's own health status, better monitoring of hypertension and cholesterol through physicians' offices, early detection of and intervention for cardiovascular risk factors, and patient education materials. It was through this effort that the Center was recognized by COSEHC as one of their Centers of Excellence. Dr. Richard Schuster, Center Director, is on the Board of COSEHC and is Chair of the COSEHC Membership Committee.