15 years of Improving the Health of People and Communities

CHRT works side by side with local, state, and national health policy and practice leaders.

We offer mixed methods research, backbone support, program evaluations, and actionable recommendations.


CHRT staff Marissa Rurka and Melissa Riba of the Center for Health and Research Transformation (CHRT), recently published a study in the peer-reviewed journal, Disabilities, on Organizations’ perspectives on successful aging with long-term physical disability.  To best serve those aging with physical disabilities, organizations must understand what successful aging means for this population.  From October 2021 to May 2022, 128 organizat …

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CHRT’s work evaluating Michigan’s Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) was highlighted in a Second Wave Media article, “Michigan’s CCBHCs open mental health access to all.” The article features interviews with CHRT team members Erica Matti, senior health policy analyst, and Jonathan Tsao, research and evaluation project manager.  CCBHCs provide whole-person care and aim to consider all aspects of a person’s health, inc …

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In March, the Center for Health and Research Transformation (CHRT) launched a new team focused on health and social equity. Though each of CHRT’s teams applies a health and social equity lens to their projects, CHRT desired a specific team to manage major programs under the health and social equity banner, while offering support to clients in pursuit of more complex health and social equity initiatives.  CHRT brought programs such as MI …

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Health policy research, program evaluations, backbone support, and more.

We work side-by-side with clients to explore and remedy health policy and practice challenges.

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In pursuit of health equity

In 2021 CHRT produced a series of briefs to inform policymakers and practitioners about how to support caregivers, physicians, and communities throughout the pandemic; began a major Promotion of Health Equity initiative with partners across the state; completed a three-year national initiative focused on building equitable and thriving communities through integrated care; significantly advanced its focus on caregivers, who have faced tremendous stressors and setbacks during the pandemic; launched a demonstration project to provide home-based health and social care to seniors…