It is my pleasure to present to you our Executive Director’s Annual Report on the activities and achievements of the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute for 2018.
In 2018, there were 145 multiyear grants and contracts in progress. For research highlights, see page 16. As active studies returned results, they were translated into 257 peer-reviewed papers, contributing to our vast repository of literature focused on improving population health. We are exploring new ways of spreading the word about this research. We have expanded our presence on social media (engage with us on Twitter: @DeptPopMed) and published thoughtful opinion pieces in high impact biomedical journals as well as in the national media (see page 21).
Meanwhile, investigators found time to submit nearly 100 new proposals responding to funders’ most challenging inquiries—proving that as quickly as we mobilize to address today’s health challenges, there are always new questions needing answers, and policies requiring close evaluation. Federal, industry, and foundation-based funders responded in kind, awarding us 38 new grants and contracts. Our research expenditures for the year totaled $57.97 million.
In response to new initiatives, growing to-do lists, and the evolving needs of the Institute, we expanded our ranks by 37, welcoming one new faculty member, one research scientist, and 35 new staff members in various roles. For details on our commitment to education, see page 8.
In short, 2018 was a year of great achievement and growth. We have continued to publish in high-impact journals, secure funding for important work, and present our work across the globe. Moreover, we have spent countless hours giving back to the community and gathered to celebrate births, promotions, and holidays.
I invite you to take a look and to tell me what you think. Please feel free to reach out—my door and inbox are always open.
Richard Platt, MD, MSc
Professor and Chair, Department of Population Medicine
Executive Director, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute