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About the CHSI

The Center for Health System Improvement was established to bring together researchers, health care providers, patients, and community leaders to improve the health of people in the Mid-South region and beyond.

The CHSI has been conducting and supporting health systems research for over 10 years. The Center serves faculty and community partners through regular conferences, database sharing, reports and publications, and website and other communications.

Established in 2004 as the Healthy Memphis Data Center,  the Center was reorganized as the Center for Health System Improvement in 2013. It is dedicated to supporting multidisciplinary health system research to improve health care and outcomes in the Mid-South.


An effective health system that invests in primary care and prevention; promotes health, safety, and wellness; and measurably improves population health in the Mid-South and beyond.


The mission of the UTHSC Center for Health System Improvement is to improve health and health care in the Mid-South region by supporting interdisciplinary health systems research, evaluating innovative regional health and health care quality improvement efforts, championing patient-centered outcomes research, and promoting sustainable community-driven health system change.


  • Improve rates of obesity, cancer, diabetes, and heart disease via delivery of high-value, cost-effective care
  • Lead promising health system innovations
  • Change health care culture and workforce to have a proactive focus on population health
  • Impact the everyday life of Mid-South patients through outreach and encouragement for healthy lifestyles
  • Decrease health care and workforce costs related to chronic illness

If you are interested in the work of the Center or in providing support to its work, please contact Jim Bailey, MD, MPH, CHSI director, at

Health System Defined

health ecological system with concentric circles illustratiing the different levels of a health system and their proximity to the patient. Most immediate is the family and care team. These are influenced by the health care delivery systems, the population and environment (social determinants of health), and finally, the environment including prejudices.

A health system consists of all the organizations, people, and actions whose primary intent is to promote, restore, or maintain health.

— World Health Organization, 2017

May 26, 2022