Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) - Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VAMC
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Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VAMC

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Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP)


 In FY14, CHERP investigators led or collaborated on 92 projects focused on vulnerable populations.

HSR&D-funded projects in FY14

8 Investigator-Initiated Research (IIR) projects,

1 Nursing Research Initiative (NRI) project,

2 Service Directed Research (SDR) projects,

1 pilot project

5 Career Development Awards

3 Locally Initiated Projects (LIPs).

6 New IIRs begin in FY15

Select examples:

“Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Satisfaction with VA Care”

“Understanding women’s Disparities in Satisfaction with VA Care”

“An Intervention to Reduce Osteoarthritis Pain Disparities”
“Identifying and Measuring Risk for Homelessness among Veterans”
“Comparison of e-Health vs. In-person Delivered Family Psychoeducational Treatment”

“Costs and Outcomes of Chronic Heart Disease Care in the VHA”

Aligned with Strategy One of the VA Blueprint fo Excellence, CHERP is a dual-site Center of Innovation (COIN) with investigators in Pittsburgh (Director Michael Fine, MD, MSc) and Philadelphia (Director Said Ibrahim MD, MPH) focused on detecting, understanding, and reducing disparities in health and health care in vulnerable populations through health services research, partnerships with VA operations and policy stakeholders, research training and mentoring, service to VA, other federal agencies, and national organizations.

Investigators: 44 multidisciplinary core investigators from VAPHS (n=23) and CMCVAMC (n=21). 24 physician investigators and 20 PhD investigators.

Expertise:  quantitative and qualitative research methodology, including clinical trial development, quality improvement, community-based participatory research, clinical epidemiology, large database analysis, pharmacoeconomics, psychometrics, econometrics, decision and cost-effectiveness analysis, meta-analysis, technology assessment, and implementation science.

Partners:  Funded by VA HSR&D, VISN4, VAPHS, CMCVAMC, University of Pittsburgh, and University of Pennsylvania. Partners include Center for Minority Veterans, Office of Health Equity, Office of Analytics and Business Informatics, HERC, Women’s Health Services, Center for Medication Safety, Center on Homelessness Among Veterans, GRECC, MIRECC, Office of Academic Affiliations, Pharmacy Benefits Management, PROMISE and CEPACT.

Vulnerable populations:  including racial and ethnic minorities; women; homeless; victims of military sexual trauma and/or intimate partner violence; sexual orientation minorities; Veteran cohorts with shared military experiences (e.g., OIF, OEF). Secondary research focus on improving effectiveness, safety, and value of clinical therapeutics (i.e., medications, devices, procedures).

Pilot research program:  has awarded over $1.1 million for 53 projects, providing pilot data for 12 HSR&D IIRs, 8 HSR&D CDAs, and 6 NIH R01s. We support 5 infrastructure cores to maximize investigator capacity to design, conduct, analyze, and disseminate high impact research.


Contact Info


  • 4100 Chester Avenue
    Suite 202
    Philadelphia PA 19104

Contact Number(s)

  • 215-823-5817

Hours of Operation

  • 8:00am - 4:00pm