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Developing Community Paramedicine programs in underserved regions across Michigan

CHRT begins four new projects focused on health equity, legislator education, and more

The Center for Health & Research Transformation (CHRT) is pleased to announce four new projects. Expanding community paramedicine and mobile integrated health in mid-Michigan This project, a collaborative initiative with Mobile Medical Response (MMR), aims to launch a community paramedicine program to address gaps in medical and social care within mid-Michigan communities.  CHRT’s role includes conducting environmental scans and needs …

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Nancy Baum, systemic and policy analysis team lead

Providing decision makers with evidence: A Q&A with CHRT’s health policy team lead

CHRT’s health policy team evaluates laws, regulations and policies, as well as decisions and actions of leaders in public health, healthcare payers and providers, for their impact on population health. The team analyzes and recommends evidence-based policies designed to improve the health of people and communities, and responds to the needs and interests of a broad range of stakeholders.  We …

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In The Media: Michigan’s CCBHCs open mental health access to all

CHRT’s work evaluating Michigan’s Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) was highlighted in a Second Wave Media article, “Michigan’s CCBHCs open mental health access to all.” The article features interviews with CHRT team members Erica Matti, senior health policy analyst, and Jonathan Tsao, research and evaluation project manager.  CCBHCs provide whole-person care and aim to consider all aspects of a …

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Center for Disability Health and Wellness shares one-pager based on CHRT research

In 2021, CHRT researchers co-authored an article, published in the Annals of Family Medicine, studying annual wellness visit (AWV) use among people with disabilities before and after the Affordable Care Act. The article, written by Jaque King and Robyn Rontal from CHRT, broke down AWV use by gender, race, and other factors and shared the finding that people with disabilities …

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In The Media, Second Wave Media: CHRT study cited in Second Wave article on long COVID impact on Michiganders

As of May 2022, a CHRT study found that more than 700,000 Michiganders are living with long COVID, the lasting symptoms of COVID infection. Second Wave Media’s article “Researchers seek solutions for Michigan’s 700,000 COVID long haulers,” written by Estelle Slootmaker, cites CHRT’s research on long COVID and its impact on individuals, the state, and health care systems. The author …

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Concentrate, In The Media: CHRT’s Matt Hill in opioid overdose prevention article

Between 2020 and 2021, the U.S. experienced a 28 percent increase in opioid overdose deaths. In Washtenaw County, opioid overdose deaths increased by 26% in the same timeframe.  A Concentrate article by Estelle Slootmaker titled “How can Washtenaw County turn around a startling rise in opioid overdose deaths?” highlights organizations in the county — like Washtenaw Recovery Advocacy Project, Home …

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Bridge Magazine, In The Media: Medicare’s $35 per month insulin cap excludes many Michigan diabetics

CHRT Senior Policy Analyst Emma Golub was quoted in a Bridge Michigan article commenting on Medicare’s $35 per month insulin cap that went into effect on Jan. 1 and the broader issue of medication affordability.  The cap on insulin prices is a win for the estimated 122,000 diabetics in Michigan on Medicare, as without it this medication can cost up to …

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In The Media, State of Reform: Health navigators say Medicaid members benefit from plain language, reduced administrative burden

On June 30, State of Reform published an article relating the results of a newly released CHRT study about the effectiveness of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) outreach methods to Medicaid members. The study explored MDHHS communications around the implementation of Medicaid work requirements for the Healthy Michigan Plan (HMP) in early 2020.  While Medicaid communications are …

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Holly Teague Quivera

CHRT Rebecca Copeland Internship 

Holly Quivera Teague, MPH, a health behavior and health education graduate from the University of Michigan (UM) School of Public Health (spring ’22), is the 2022 CHRT Rebecca Copeland Memorial Intern. She will join CHRT’s health policy team on June 1st, supporting a number of projects that address social needs to improve health and reduce health inequities. “Our approach to health …

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Robyn Rontal

Robyn Rontal presents policy solutions to support caregivers of individuals aging with physical disabilities

Robyn Rontal, JD, MHSA, presented at the 2022 NARRTC Conference and Annual Meeting: Resourcefulness, Resilience and Responsiveness: Disability and Rehabilitation Research Following the COVID-19 Pandemic, Arlington, VA, April 27­–28, 2022. Rontal’s presentation focused on ways policymakers and decision leaders can better support unpaid family caregivers of individuals who are aging with physical disabilities. The current landscape of caregiver policy at …

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