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Community paramedicine (CP) programs fill significant treatment gaps between primary care providers and emergency care providers. CPs deliver care in the most appropriate settings, reduce the unnecessary use of emergency department resources, and link clients to much-needed social services, such as transportation and food. For patients, CP programs offer convenient, high-quality treatment. For the health care system–including payers an …

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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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In June, CHRT Board of Directors member Renu Tipirneni received the Jerome W. Conn Award for Excellence in Research from the University of Michigan Department of Internal Medicine. Dr. Tipirneni is an assistant professor at the medical school. Her research focuses on health reform, Medicaid policy, healthy aging, and social determinants of health.  Her current research includes evaluating Michigan’s Medicaid expansion and work requireme …

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From health care to health

This past year, as we reflected on our first decade, we took a close look at our history, our expanded portfolio, and our evolution as an organization, and decided it was time to change our name from the Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation to the Center for Health and Research Transformation. Our acronym, pronounced “chart,” remains the same—as does our longstanding commitment to improving the health of people and communities…

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A letter from CHRT's executive director, Terrisca Des Jardins, about where we've been, where we are, and where we're going. 15th anniversary!


In 2012, CHRT launched its health policy fellowship. Since then, 122 fellows have completed the program, diving into the intersection of health policy, practice, and research. ...

Fellow alumni include: @MDHHS_Director @MichelleHMoniz and @mdpeterz

Did you know? When we opened 15 years ago, we were only guaranteed three years of funding. Today, thanks to our partners and clients, our work has evolved significantly. Now, our ...projects aligns with one or more of our strategic goals. Learn more: