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Colorado Health Outcomes (COHO)


 Welcome to Colorado Health Outcomes (COHO)!  Thank you for visiting our website, where we feature our faculty and their expertise and experience  in health care delivery science. The principal function and mission of The Colorado Health Outcomes Program (COHO) is to conduct and evaluate interventions to improve population health and the overall quality of health care by measurement of patient-centered outcomes, evaluation of health communication tools and technology, along with the assessment of the structure and functioning of healthcare delivery organizations. COHO is committed to expanding partnerships not just with academic researchers at national universities, but also within community organizations that deliver health care, public and private payers that finance it, and the many organizations dedicated to development of these services and systems. 

Director David R. West, PhD, has been the lead of COHO since 2009. COHO was originally formed in 1998 by Dean Richard Krugman of the School of Medicine at the University of Colorado. COHO has since become known for its health care delivery science research and dedication to educational initiatives. In 2011, we moved to the University Physicians building on campus which allows us more space to house additional researchers and analysts to collaborate with School of Medicine, as well as other schools on AMC. Feel free to stop by and see what we are all about.

Health Care Delivery Science is a multidisciplinary field that examines the costs, quality, accessibility, delivery, and outcomes of health care services. The intention of the research is to find the most effective ways to manage, finance, and deliver high quality care, reduce medical errors and improve patient safety. In the United States health care system, there are many challenges to improve population health and quality of care. These challenges shape the mission and values of COHO staff and their research goals.

COHO is a unique center where health care professionals, researchers and analysts use their combined skills and talents to pursue health outcomes research and education. COHO also has a partner organization dedicated to health services research related to children: the Children's Outcomes Research Program (COR), led by Allison Kempe, MD, MPH. COR and COHO share faculty, staff, and offices on the Anschutz Medical Campus. Some COHO investigators are also affiliated with the School of Pharmacy, School of Public Health, the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI), and The Center for Research in Implementation Science and Prevention (CRISP).