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.


Healthcare workforce shortages in Michigan: Recommendations for recruiting and retaining talent

Like the rest of the nation, Michigan is experiencing severe workforce shortages, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. One 2023 survey showed that 86 percent of physician practices in the state reported declines in staff since the COVID-19 pandemic and another showed 27,000 hospital job openings in early 2023 – a 13 percent vacancy rate. Nearly all health roles are expected to experience shortages within the next decade. However, certain occupations are experi …

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Healthcare IT interviews Erica Matti on the transformative potential of emergency medical data

Erica Matti of CHRT and Joshua Legler from the National Emergency Medical Services Information System’s (NEMSIS) Technical Assistance Center gave a session at HIMSS24 explaining the significance of accurate data in EMS for effective patient care. The session emphasized the indispensable role of emergency medical services (EMS) in providing valuable insights into social determinants of health (SDOH) and stressed the urgency of healthcare synergy. You can find it …

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CHRT begins four new projects focused on health equity, legislator education, and more

The Center for Health & Research Transformation (CHRT) is pleased to announce four new projects. Expanding community paramedicine and mobile integrated health in mid-Michigan This project, a collaborative initiative with Mobile Medical Response (MMR), aims to launch a community paramedicine program to address gaps in medical and social care within mid-Michigan communities.  CHRT’s role includes conducting environmental scans and needs analyses, developing a …

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Partnering for health & equity

In 2022, CHRT managed 42 active projects, provided $4.3 million to community organizations and project partners, trained 34 health policy and public health fellows, developed 10 publications on a range of pressing health policy challenges, gave 17 presentations to hundreds of policy and decision leaders, and was cited in 26 news stories. But those are just the numbers. Read our Impact Report to see the needs we addressed, the stakes for our community, the role we played, and the many people and organizations that made the work possible.

CHRT 2022 Impact Report: Partnering for health & equity

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"We need a statewide infrastructure that makes it easier to connect people to the services they need," says Sharon Kim, CHRT's director of health and social equity.

"Many don't know how to refer patients for support," says @Marurka. In CHRT's physician survey, we gave physicians a platform for sharing their experiences with social needs ...screenings and referrals, as well as their thoughts on what would help their teams advance the work.

"In evidence-based programs and equitable access," says Holly Teague, policy analyst at CHRT. "We still have a lot more work to do to ensure that resources are available in an ...equitable fashion such that those who need them most have reliable access.