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Nisha Shah Kanani, M.P.H.

Senior Associate - AcademyHealth

Ms. Shah is responsible for the outreach, maintenance, and marketing of HSRProj, a database funded by the National Library of Medicine.

Prior to joining AcademyHealth, Ms. Shah worked as an intern at the American Psychological Association (APA), and as a special volunteer for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Her main responsibilities at APA included conducting research on cancer disparities and advocating for cancer control policy. While at NIH, she designed and performed a research study on prehypertension and obesity with the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Ms. Shah holds a Master of Public Health degree in epidemiology from The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. She earned a bachelor's degree in biological sciences from the University of California, Davis.

Authored by Nisha Shah Kanani, M.P.H.


Trends in Urban Health Services Research (HSR): Priorities, Gaps, and Collaborations

With input from Big Cities Health Coalition (BCHC), AcademyHealth staff used the National Library of Medicine’s Health Services Research Projects in Progress (HSRProj) database to review trends in urban health services research (HSR) within participating BCHC Cities to explore the nature of HSR undertaken in these cities, and whether there is collaboration in research among these cities.


The HSRProj (Health Services Research Projects) in Progress database contains descriptions on more than 15,000 ongoing and recently completed health services research projects funded by government and state agencies, foundations, universities, private organizations, and international organizations.

HSRProj currently contains more than 32,000 archived, recently completed and ongoing projects funded by more than 350 agencies.

HSRProj Full Data Download

HSRProj is now available as a full data download from the National Library of Medicine. The set of records is available as an Excel file here.

HSRProj Interactive Data Visualizations

These interactive data visualizations bring to life the information housed within HSRProj and highlight trends on who is conducting the work, where it's being conducted, who is funding it and more. 

Use HSRProj to identify:

  • The most up-to-date information on ongoing projects in the field;
  • Individuals conducting cutting-edge health services research;
  • Colleagues who may be interested in collaborating or discussing the policy implications of a given area of research;
  • Government agencies, private organizations, and foundations funding health services research; and,
  • Specific ongoing health services research projects, such as racial disparities in health care, medical errors/patient safety, small area analysis, etc.

To learn more about HSRProj, download the brochure

HSRProj is a joint effort of AcademyHealth and the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  It is funded by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, Department of Health and Human Services. The National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR) coordinates its continued development for the National Library of Medicine (NLM).

To learn more about NLM's resources for health services research and technology assessment, visit the National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology Web site or call the NLM Customer Service team at 1-888-346-3636.