CHESS - Centre for Health Systems Strengthening

CHESS - Centre for Health Systems Strengthening

CHESS is a multi-disciplinary group using research and teaching to strengthen health systems and to improve health and well-being amongst the poorest and marginalised in low and middle-income countries (LMIC). The Ebola and Zika epidemics have highlighted the importance of strong, resilient health systems for public health and the need for fresh, context-specific research on the subject.

Health systems research at LSTM has long played a leading role in generating knowledge that has improved and promoted health and well-being amongst the poorest and marginalised in LMICs. Our health systems research takes both a systems- and a people-centred approach, concerned with the complex interactions within health systems in order to provide evidence for improving the functioning, equity and effectiveness of the system as a whole.

By strengthening and strategically expanding high quality health systems research and teaching, both within LSTM and with the best global partners, CHESS aims to better share skills, synthesise learning, reduce duplication and influence policy.

Outputs and resources

Over the last 30 years we have been involved in research that has directly informed policy and improved health systems in LMICs. 

 A complete and up to date list of resources can be found here

CHESS doctoral students

All of our success is reliant upon our established and trusting working relationships with strategic southern partners who have been critical to winning grants, delivering research and maximising impact. Allied to this is the input of our growing staff body of researchers, programme managers and PhD students. 

A list of current doctoral students can be found here

Health Systems Global Conference 2018

The team’s reputation and reach was further enhanced by the HSR2018 conference which we hosted, enabling LSTM to raise its global profile and consolidate its position as an internationally-recognised centre for HSR.

Collaborative projects

Members have worked collaboratively on many projects including the following. 

Contact us

The group is keen to hear from potential collaborators.

Dr Joanna Raven – Coordinator [Joanna.Raven@lstmed.ac.uk] +44 (0)151 705 3235

Jan Randles - Administrator [Jan.Randles@lstmed.ac.uk] +44 (0)151 705 3269

 @CHESSHSR