January 11, 2024

New $5 Million Federal Grant Awarded to Learning Health System Efforts

The Prechter Program Bipolar Disorder Learning Community is one of the labs to benefit from the $5 million grant.

“The Learning Cycle,” a diagram originally created by Charles Friedman, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Learning Health Sciences. Learn more about the Department of Learning Health Sciences at michmed.org/BAeD5.

The Bipolar Disorder Learning Community (BDLC) within the Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Program was formed out of a collaboration between University of Michigan Department of Learning Health Sciences (DLHS) and the Department of Psychiatry, and now the Prechter Program will be a participating lab within the new $5 million grant DLHS received to train Learning Health System Scientists. The five-year grant was awarded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to establish the Michigan Embedded Learning Health System Scientist Training and Research (MEL-STaR). MEL-STaR is aimed at applying innovative methods to improve health, healthcare, and health equity.

MEL-STaR scholars will work on projects as embedded researchers within individual health systems, collaborative programs like the Prechter Program and others involving multiple health systems, and community organizations.

Read more about DLHS and the MEL-STaR award here

Interested in learning more about the Prechter BDLC? Read about the group's activities on page 8 of the 2023 Annual News and Impact Report.