The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice

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Help us lead the change that’s needed to transform healthcare

The Dartmouth Institute has long been at the forefront of health systems research, addressing the problems of access, cost, and quality for the benefit of people everywhere.

A student speaks with Glyn Elwyn, MD, PhD, MSc, professor of The Dartmouth Institute.

The COVID-19 crisis exposed and exacerbated the inequalities within the U.S. healthcare system. At the time, I had my mind set on directly pursuing a career in medicine, but I knew that if the goal were to become the best healthcare provider I could possibly be, I had to learn more about the complex and uneven healthcare system in the U.S. I knew of no better place to do that than here at The Dartmouth Institute.”

Edgard E. Ngono MPH’21
Edgard E. Ngono MPH’21 speaks at his graduation from The Dartmouth Institute.

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The Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care

The Dartmouth Institute is renowned for its Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care. Initiated in 1996 by John “Jack” Wennberg, MD, MPH, the Atlas revealed widespread and unwarranted variations in health care practice, outcomes, and spending, and demonstrated that higher spending does not always lead to better care. Our insights continue to inform policy makers, systems leaders, and healthcare providers.

John “Jack” Wennberg, MD, MPH

U.S. healthcare delivery is highly segregated, one of many manifestations of systemic racism in our country. One-quarter of providers are responsible for the medical care delivered to three-quarters of Black Americans. With the Dartmouth Atlas’ repository of Medicare fee-for-service claims data, we can explore how changes in Medicare financing policy over the past 25 years have impacted this segregation.”

Amber Barnato, MD, MPH, MS
Director, The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice
Amber Barnato, MD, MPH, MS, Director, The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice

Improving Patient Care

The Susan & Richard Levy Health Care Delivery Incubator spurs improvements in patient care. Led by The Dartmouth Institute, the Incubator brings together multidisciplinary teams from across Geisel and Dartmouth Health to develop better ways to care for those with serious illness. One of the first Incubator projects helped shorten hospital stays for preterm babies by providing in-home feeding support.

Parents sit together and hold their smiling baby.