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Research is an integral part of Vail Health's mission to provide superior health services with compassion and exceptional outcomes. Our goal is to offer specialized care supported by comprehensive research and education. Many of our physicians and staff have pursued in-depth research and written articles that have been published in the world's top medical journals. Howard Head Sports Medicine develops extensive therapy protocols for rehabilitation, setting new standards for research and innovation in the physical therapy field worldwide. In addition, the research and experience of our partners at the Steadman Philippon Research Institute have led to significant advances in the fields of orthopaedics and sports medicine.

  • OHRP VIDEOS The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) videos provide basic information on research participation.
  • NIH.GOV contains may useful resources, including information on clinical trials taking place in the United States, and all over the world.
  • CISCRP (Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation) is a non-profit organization to inform stakeholders about clinical research and the role of each stakeholder.
  • CENTERWATCH provides information on clinical trials for research participants and professional researchers.
  • CLINICALTRIALS.GOV is a searchable database of active research studies.

Research Complaints or Concerns

If you have a general question, concern, or complaint, you should first contact the research team, and specifically, the principal investigator whose name and phone number is listed on the consent form. However, if you have a complaint or concern that you feel should be reported and investigated please contact:
Vail Health Institutional Review Board (IRB) Office
(970) 479-5137 |

Vail Health’s Human Research Protection Program Policy and Procedures

The purpose of Vail Health’s Human Research Protection Program (VH HRPP) is to protect the rights, safety, and welfare of human subjects who participate in the research programs at Vail Health and its affiliated institutions. The VH HRPP supports the institution’s dedication to excellence in research by promoting the ethical principles of respect for persons, beneficence, and justice. The HRPP is authorized to protect human subjects who participate in research. The HRPP has a Federalwide Assurance (FWA00010266) with the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Office of Human Research Protection (OHRP).

Community Health Needs Assessment

In 2016, Vail Health conducted a Community Health Needs Assessment 2016 (pdf) with a detailed analysis of the current state of health in Eagle County. This information compares both local survey findings regarding perceived health needs among residents with state and national benchmarks to help identify community health needs. The analysis assists in determining areas of community health importance and potential areas for either improvement to current practice or novel endeavors for the organization to address community health needs.

In response to the most recent Community Health Needs Assessment, the Community Health Implementation Plan (CHIP) was drafted to provide considerations for action, consistent with the mission and vision of Vail Health while taking into account the current healthcare climate. Included in the CHIP are potential implementation strategies as well as surveillance metrics, when applicable, used to monitor progress and demonstrate Vail Health’s continued commitment to meet the healthcare needs of Eagle County.