Recent work in health research, policy, and practice
Pathways to reform in Michigan: Diversion, deflection, and reentry programs
A recent report from the U.S. Department of Justice revealed alarming rates of mental health disorders among jail inmates–on average, 44 percent of inmates had a mental health diagnosis. Despite this prevalence, jails lack adequate resources to meet inmates’ mental health needs, potentially worsened by discriminatory practices, implicit bias, overcrowding, and hostile environments. And these challenges disproportionately affect racial and ethnic minorities. …Read more >
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 …Read more >
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 …Read more >
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A year like no other
In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, CHRT staff quickly pivoted to provide rapid support to policymakers, providers, and those serving on the frontlines of the pandemic…
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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.