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.


Support for behavioral health care providers is crucial, especially considering the significant stress and burnout they have experienced prior to and during the pandemic. To understand how to better support behavioral health care providers during public health emergencies, this study explores three topics.  Burnout  While the literature is limited, studies suggests that burnout can affect physical and mental health for ma …

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Marissa Rurka, a project manager on CHRT’s research and evaluation team, joined Phil Knight, executive director of the Food Bank Council of Michigan, and Gerry Brisson, president and CEO of  the Gleaners Community Food Bank, for a conversation about how Michigan physicians screen patients for food insecurity, and what happens next. The Food First Michigan podcast (episode 91) is available online. During CHRT’s most recent statewide surv …

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For over two years, Terrisca Des Jardins has led CHRT as executive director–advancing CHRT’s portfolio and impact, maturing CHRT’s fiscal and operational strength, and realizing significant advancements in diversity, equity, and inclusion. On February 1, Robyn Rontal, policy analytics director at CHRT, stepped into the role as interim executive director while CHRT’s Board of Directors launched a search for a permanent replacement.   Des …

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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…

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Next month CHRT staff @ribameli and @Marurka will present Serving those Aging with a Long-Term Physical Disability during the COVID-19 Pandemic at a webinar hosted by the IDEAL ...Rehabilitation Research Training Center.

Register: https://michmed.org/DyqV5


While some policy changes have been implemented, behavioral health workers would benefit from an expansion of telehealth programs and organizational measures to address BHW ...burnout. Read more in our brief below:


With funding from MDHHS, CHRT will provide #rural, #urban, and #tribal opioid settlement recipients with information about evidence-based programs to address gaps in care ...experienced by Michigan residents.