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The important role of human-centered design in healthcare 

By: Kimberly Snodgrass, Cleoniki Kesidis In 2023, with Medicaid renewals at the forefront of state health and human service department operations, we’re thinking a lot about how to create easy-to-use systems that allow people to demonstrate their eligibility for Medicaid. Without easy-to-use systems, many are losing Medicaid insurance for administrative or procedural reasons–even if they remain eligible. Data shows that …

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Joshua Traylor

Joshua Traylor named executive director of the Center for Health and Research Transformation

Joshua Traylor, MPH, senior director at the Health Care Transformation Task Force in Washington, DC, has been named executive director of the Center for Health and Research Transformation (CHRT), an independent nonprofit policy center at the University of Michigan. Traylor will take the helm on November 1. “The board was unanimous and enthusiastic about selecting Joshua Traylor for the role …

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In The Media, MI Mental Health, Second Wave Media: 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 …

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Introducing CHRT’s new health and social equity team: A Q&A with Sharon Kim

In March, the Center for Health and Research Transformation (CHRT) launched a new team focused on health and social equity. Though each of CHRT’s teams applies a health and social equity lens to their projects, CHRT desired a specific team to manage major programs under the health and social equity banner, while offering support to clients in pursuit of more …

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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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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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15 years in review with Executive Director Terrisca Des Jardins

Friends,  Fifteen years ago, no one could have anticipated where the Center for Health and Research Transformation (CHRT) would be today. We’ve gone through many iterations, making our 15th anniversary truly significant.  We were only guaranteed three years of funding when we opened the doors of our center. We started as a grant-making nonprofit to support health services research. For …

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In The Media, WJR Radio: Project Manager Marissa Rurka discusses physician food interventions

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 …

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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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New Health Equity Project aims to significantly reduce health disparities for vulnerable residents in five Michigan counties

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has pledged to provide a $9 million Medicaid match to launch a new Health Equity Project in five Michigan counties.   The Health Equity Project aims to help these counties reduce health disparities associated with pressing social needs such as housing instability, food insecurity, transportation, health system complexity, and other socioeconomic factors …

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