PULLMAN, Wash. – Coordinating patient care among providers to improve health and lower costs is the focus of a proposal by a Washington State University professor who recently was awarded a $5,000 one-year community health fellowship.

Bidisha Mandal, associate professor in the School of Economic Sciences, will examine ways to improve patient health outcomes after hospital discharge and to reduce preventable hospital readmission rates.

Her proposal, “Understanding the need for and scope of transitional care in the Pullman and Palouse region,” received a Community Health Impact Fellowship from the Pullman Regional Hospital Center for Learning & Innovation. Transitional care refers to health care that is coordinated as patients move from one care setting to another and across multiple providers.