Improving the Health of People and Communities

Recent work in health research, policy, and practice


Like most of the United States, Michigan’s population is aging. Accordingly, the number of unpaid family and informal caregivers—those who support others with tasks related to daily living, such as transportation, feeding, and bathing—has increased substantially over the last three decades. The AARP Public Policy Institute estimated the economic value of unpaid caregiving at $470 billion in 2017. For reference, this value is greater tha …

Read more >

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 …

Read more >

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.

Read more >

Partner with us for health research, consulting, and more

We provide health research, resources, and consulting services on a variety of topics.

Key topics

From health care to health

In 2019, CHRT staff engaged in a year-long strategic planning process, during which we reflected on the health policy and practice challenges we have addressed over the last several years and the impact we’ve had, and wish to have, in a range of areas including affordable care, behavioral health, healthy aging, and integration. To achieve this mission, we established three goals…

Health research outcomes, analyses, and projects in our 2019 annual report.

On social

Follow us at @CHRTumich

Nearly 40% of all #caregivers find their caregiving situation to be emotionally stressful. With funding from #IdealRRTC (@ACLgov), we published a report analyzing the impacts of ... #COVID-19 on caregivers.
#disabilities @UMDisabilityCtr

In our new policy brief by @cristincole_, Jaque King, and Robyn Rontal we review six policy options to support family #caregivers including #Medicaid waivers,, and expanding the ... Family and Medical Leave Act. @UMDisabilityCtr @UM_IHPI @ACLgov #IdealRRTC

Only 6.7% of Michigan health and mental health providers are fully prepared to serve Michigan’s aging veterans. Read the 2020 report by CHRT staff Melissa Riba (@ribameli) and ... Karin Teske to learn more.

Funding from: @mihealthfund.