Organizational Mission

The mission of the Institute for Public Health Research and Innovation is to create inter-organizational collaboration to harness the knowledge and skills of the area’s health services professionals to develop solutions to the region’s health challenges. The Institute seeks to address community health needs by improving existing infrastructure and building capacity of local organizations to identify the region’s public health and health care issues and to develop innovative interventions and prevention initiatives.  With a focus on chronic disease prevention, research, and implementation and dissemination efforts, The Institute strives to make a measurable difference in our region’s public health needs.


Clare Lenhart, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Public Health
Director, Institute for Public Health Research & Innovation