CHOPR History

CHOPR Founding Director, Dr. Linda H. Aiken, established the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, in 1989, to explore organizational effectiveness in health care with the potential to affect patient outcomes. 

Our History at a Glance

85 Doctoral Trainees Since 1997

— 90% currently serving at research-intensive institutions
— 80% successfully competing for research funding

60+ Senior Fellows

— Faculty, colleagues, research partners and alumni with an established or emerging record of research on topics directly connected to our work.

400 Published Papers - Many with Special Awards

— Top Influential Papers in Health Affairs
— Two American Academy of Nursing Media Awards
— The John P. McGovern Award
— AcademyHealth Article of the Year Award

100 Million Research Dollars — 150 Funded Projects

— National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)
— American Nurses Foundation (ANF)
— Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
— Natl Inst on Minority Health & Health Disparities (NIMHD) — The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)

50 Major Research Prizes

— Christiane Reimann Prize
— Nell Watts Lifetime Achievement of Nursing Award
— Gustav O. Lienhard Award
— Anvar and Pari Velji Global Health Project of the Year
— William B. Graham Prize for Health Services Research
— AcademyHealth Distinguished Investigator Award
— Individual Ernest A. Codman Award

30 Partnering Countries Spanning Six World Continents

— Africa
— The Americas
— Asia
— Australia
— Oceania
— Europe

“Our policy research agenda is motivated by a commitment to improving health care outcomes by building an evidence base for health service management and providing direction for national policymakers.”

Linda H. Aiken, PhD, RN, FAAN, Founding Director

    Early Pivotal Events

    News of Dr. Aiken's University of Pennsylvania appointment appeared in the Almanac in 1988.

    Linda Aiken Joins Penn as Trustee Professor, Pioneers Research Funding


    Aiken Named Co-Chair of the Health Care Workforce Subcommittee


    CHOPR-Led Meeting Launches Multicountry Hospital Study


    IOM Releases Landmark ‘To Err is Human’ Report


    NIH Funds CHOPR for Advanced Nursing Outcomes Training