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Washtenaw County seniors are a rapidly growing population, expected to more than double by 2014. And many face everyday challenges—such as social isolation, food insecurity, and transportation. In 2018, the Vital Seniors Initiative, managed by the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation (AAACF) and funded by the Glacier Hills Legacy Fund, was developed to address these challenges. Over $1 million in grants were awarded to four local organiz …

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Bridge Michigan’s Robin Erb and Makayla Coffee quote Melissa Riba, director of research and evaluation at the Center for Health and Research Transformation (CHRT), in “Costs rising for Michigan COVID care with return of deductibles, copays.” The story discusses an upcoming shift in patient cost burden for COVID-related illnesses—costs that have largely been waived by Michigan’s largest insurers for more than a year, ensuring that patien …

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The Center for Health and Research Transformation at the University of Michigan has recently received grants from the federal Administration for Community Living and the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation to expand and enhance a local collaborative that provides medically tailored meals, and referrals to home and community-based services, to vulnerable seniors and individuals with disabilities.

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A year like no other

In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, CHRT staff quickly pivoted to provide rapid support to policymakers, providers, and those serving on the frontlines of the pandemic…

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Broadband internet access is critical to the health of adults living with #disabilities. Tune in 1/13 to hear Robyn Rontal, director of policy analytics at CHRT, and Philippa ... Clarke, professor at @UMSPH present research findings and discuss policy implications.


Our new study found that physicians in specialties that may have more frequent contact with #COVID19 patients were among the most likely to agree that the pandemic made them feel ... burned out and even consider leaving medicine.


Our latest study found that almost a third of #physicians report #burnout. Read our latest brief by @ribameli, @Marurka, and Karin Teske about the prevalence of burnout among ... Michigan physicians before and during the #COVID19 pandemic.