Topic for 2021: Expanding Health Care Delivery Using Non-Traditional Care Approaches

Applications have now closed.


The Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics and the University of Pennsylvania Health System announce the inaugural LDI-Penn Medicine Research Laboratory. Developed in partnership between Rachel M. Werner, MD, PhD (Executive Director, Penn LDI) and Kevin Mahoney, MBA (Chief Executive Officer, University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS)), the Research Lab is a unique partnership that invites the deep expertise of LDI-affiliated faculty to conduct research in Penn Medicine’s health system to ask and answer pressing questions about health care delivery. The goals of this strategic partnership are both to advance LDI’s mission of developing generalizable knowledge to improve health care delivery, and to generate actionable knowledge which guides Penn Medicine’s operational decisions towards ensuring that patients receive the best care.

To support this goal, the Research Lab solicits proposals for projects focused on the following priority area for 2021: Expanding Health Care Delivery Using Non-Traditional Care Approaches.

Health care is increasingly being delivered where people live, work, and play – outside of traditional health care settings such as hospitals and clinics. New approaches to care have been made possible by changes towards value-based payment models, advancements in digital tools (e.g., remote patient monitoring, wearables, and telemedicine), in at-home delivery of medications and medical supplies, and a health care workforce being trained to provide care outside of traditional settings.

However, many questions about how to best expand care using non-traditional care approaches, and its effect on quality, value, and equitable access remain unanswered. For example, increasing access to health care is important and ensures that patients receive high-quality, high-value care within a timeframe that reflects the patients’ clinical needs – the right care, at the right time, in the right place. But not all patients have adequate access to traditional and non-traditional care approaches, and access varies across important sociodemographic characteristics – including race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, income, and education. Achieving equity is an important consideration as non-traditional approaches to care increase.

LDI and Penn Medicine are committed to understanding and advancing the capability of health systems to expand care delivery using non-traditional care approaches to achieve better care and outcomes.

Proposal Details

Projects should be of priority to Penn Medicine; should leverage existing Penn Medicine data; and can include observational analyses, testing or developing pilot interventions, and/or studying how best to implement evidence-based practices in these settings using methods from implementation science. All proposed projects will be required to include health equity as a specific outcome, including how equity will be measured or impacted. Successful proposals will articulate how knowledge gained from the project will help health systems in the US, particularly Penn Medicine, improve health care delivery across dimensions such as efficiency, costs, quality, access, and/or health outcomes.

We invite LDI Senior Fellows to propose ideas for 1-year, collaborative projects with Penn Medicine aimed at evaluating existing services, expanding programs, or develop new programs. The proposal must be sensitive to the accelerated speed at which decisions are made by health systems. The first set of projects will start January 2022 and must share findings to Penn Medicine executives and operational leaders by January 2023 to inform the decision-making timeline for the FY2024 (July 2023 to June 2024) budget.

The Joint Steering Committee, LDI, and Penn Medicine will be available to guide the direction of accepted projects, including connections to academic experts and operational partners within their purview. Data needs of projects can be facilitated by (but not limited to) de-identified data from Penn Medicine’s Operational Data Stores, supported by an LDI-assigned analyst who can obtain data for the purposes of this initiative. Penn LDI resources include assistance in translation and dissemination of completed research.

If you have an idea but are unsure whether your project is feasible within this framework or proposed timeline, email Krisda H. Chaiyachati, Director of the LDI-Penn Medicine Research Laboratory. For general questions or questions about the submission process, email Penn LDI.


Proposals must be led by an LDI Senior Fellow. University of Pennsylvania faculty, Penn Medicine staff without LDI affiliations, and LDI Associate Fellows are permitted to be co-investigators on proposals. 

Selection Criteria

LDI plans to fund up to two proposals. All proposals will be reviewed by the LDI-Penn Medicine Research Laboratory Joint Steering Committee.

Proposals will be assessed against the following criteria:

Other Requirements

How to Apply

LDI Senior Fellows should complete the online application form, which includes: