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The State University Partnership (SUP) is a research program between Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) leadership and university research centers designed to expand Cabinet research capacity, support development of evidence-based policy and foster a research community in the commonwealth.

State University Partnership Program

The CHFS operates the SUP program to promote collaboration with public universities in the commonwealth, extend Cabinet research capacity and support program evaluation and policy development. The Office of Health Data and Analytics (OHDA) works across CHFS to develop a comprehensive research agenda to advance meaningful research applicable to the Cabinet and the citizens it serves. 

Through the SUP program, OHDA is developing a robust research library to support data-driven policy and increase understanding of the challenges and issues affecting CHFS programs and services. 

The SUP program supports university researchers through data-sharing agreements, research and grant development and serving as a central point of contact for the Cabinet. University researchers interested in non-funded project opportunities can get started at any time by following the steps outlined under How to Become a Partner. Funded partnerships are available on a biennial basis and awarded following a formal application process with a strenuous review prior to selection.

How to Become a Partner

There are several ways to become a partner in the CHFS SUP program.  The most common is to request data for a non-funded partnership.  Data requests can be submitted via email to OHDA

State Universities may apply for a funded partnership during the next application cycle. For application instructions and additional information please email OHDA

Contact Us

Please email OHDA with questions related to the State University Partnership Program.