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CHA and JCPH Collaborate on Quality and Safety Programs


The Connecticut Hospital Association (CHA) and Thomas Jefferson University have announced a two-year partnership to advance population health, heralding a new era of collaboration between hospital associations and educational organizations. The partnership will allow both entities to share expertise and best practices.

“The collaboration with the Jefferson College of Population Health (JCPH) at Thomas Jefferson University is an important step toward our shared goals of improving population health management and the health of communities,” said Jennifer Jackson, CEO, CHA. “It will enable us to share knowledge, best practices, and research that will benefit Connecticut and positively impact people across the country.”

As part of the collaboration, Mary Reich Cooper, MD, JD, an industry leader in quality and patient safety and CHA’s Chief Quality Officer since 2012, will serve as the Director of the JCPH programs in healthcare quality and safety. In this capacity, she will oversee the curricula for the Master of Science and Certificate programs in Healthcare Quality and Safety, and teach key courses in these programs.

“With the addition of Dr. Cooper to our faculty, we are excited to have a unique partnership that will allow our students to benefit from the knowledge and resources possessed by an executive leader at a state hospital association,” said JCPH Dean David B. Nash, MD, MBA. “We hope that it can serve as a model for future collaborations across the country.”

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