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.


Primary care and public health integration: Innovative strategies from a state-level review

In a recent Journal of Public Health Management & Practice report, Strengthening Public Health Through Primary Care and Public Health Collaboration: Innovative State Approaches, CHRT’s Nancy M. Baum and Samantha Iovan, along with Marianne Udow-Phillips, explore the dynamic initiatives undertaken by four states to forge stronger connections between public health and primary care. Seventeen state leaders from North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Washingt …

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Regional Health Collaboratives work to improve behavioral healthcare

The Promotion of Health Equity Project engages six Regional Health Collaboratives — care coordination programs designed to improve a region’s wellbeing – to address health-related social needs and establish a framework for statewide expansion.  A recent MI Mental Health Series article by Estelle Slootmaker, “Regional Health Collaboratives improving access to behavioral health services,” discusses the goals of these six collaboratives and specifically highlights …

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CHRT is pleased to welcome the 2024 Health Policy Fellowship cohort  

The Center for Health and Research Transformation (CHRT) at the University of Michigan is pleased to announce its 2024 Health Policy Fellowship cohort.  More than 125 health researchers, policymakers, and nonprofit leaders have completed the fellowship since its launch in 2012. Many fellowship alumni occupy influential roles as policymakers and leaders across Michigan.  The 2024 fellowship cohort will include: Chelsea Alcock, Legislative Assistant, 52nd District …

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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.