The Social Policy Institute at Washington University in St. Louis (SPI) conducts human-centered research to support healthy individuals and thriving communities. Our research focuses on improving the effectiveness of healthcare delivery, influencing positive health outcomes, and decreasing healthcare costs, especially for the nation’s Medicaid population. Researchers also evaluate the healthcare impacts of COVID-19, particularly provider vaccine hesitancy and unmet needs of the Medicaid population during the height of the pandemic.
In addition, SPI believes thriving individuals need equal and plentiful access to food in order to lead healthy lives. In partnership with regional community organizations, food insecurity researchers evaluate best practices to increase food access to mothers and children.
Through research on healthcare delivery and food insecurity, the institute works to create health equity and help individuals lead flourishing and healthier lives.
Our Health Initiatives
This study will examine rates of screening and management of depression in primary care to inform the implementation of one or more interventions to increase rates of screening and the use of evidence-based interventions, such as collaborative care models or motivational interviewing.
In the spring of 2020, the Center shared important knowledge and advice regarding COVID-19 through 12 articles and features in national media. Our healthcare provider behavior study explored the state of evidence regarding interventions to change provider behavior in health or behavioral health settings.