Improving the Health of People and Communities

Recent work in health research, policy, and practice


A growing strategy to improve individuals’ health and well-being has been to address their social needs—food, housing, transportation, employment, and more—often referred to as social determinants of health. Increasingly, physicians are being offered incentives that encourage them to screen patients for social needs and connect them to community-based organizations for services. However, community-based organizations are still rarely co …

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On June 30, State of Reform published an article relating the results of a newly released CHRT study about the effectiveness of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) outreach methods to Medicaid members. The study explored MDHHS communications around the implementation of Medicaid work requirements for the Healthy Michigan Plan (HMP) in early 2020.  While Medicaid communications are traditionally text heavy and techni …

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This spring, CHRT packed up and moved just a couple of miles down the street, still on Plymouth Road, to Arbor Lakes near the University of Michigan North Campus Research Complex (NCRC), a hub for translational research. At Arbor Lakes, CHRT is joining many other University of Michigan centers and institutes in a warm and welcoming complex of brick buildings with abundant natural light and landscaping. While staff will miss CHRT’s old h …

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