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Introducing CHRT’s 2023 Rebecca Copeland Interns: Jennie Scheerer and Ashya Smith

We are pleased to announce that Jennie Scheerer and Ashya Smith have been chosen to serve as CHRT’s 2023 Rebecca Copeland Interns.  Jennie Scheerer will primarily work with CHRT’s health policy and research and evaluation teams. She is interested in the intersection between maternal and reproductive health, anti-racism, and U.S. domestic policy.   “Everyone with a uterus should have access to …

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CHRT welcomes four new team members

Since our last newsletter, CHRT has welcomed four new team members.  Jadrienne Horton Jadrienne Horton is a project manager for CHRT’s research and evaluation team. Horton previously interned with the team through the American Evaluation Association’s 2022-2023 Graduate Education Diversity Internship program, assisting with the Year 1 Evaluation Report for the Washtenaw County Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion and Deflection (LEADD) …

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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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In The Media, Issue Media Group: MI Mental Health interviews Ayse Buyuktur about the importance of community health workers

CHRT’s Ayse Büyüktür, program manager for the MI Community Care (MiCC) program, recently spoke with MI Mental Health about the extensive work community health workers do to support the behavioral health needs of residents. Across the state, community mental health agencies enlist community health workers to extend their reach, writes reporter Rylee Barnsdale in “Community health workers bring mental health …

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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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CHRT explores the individual and environmental factors linked to healthy aging for people with long-term disabilities

Since 2018, CHRT has worked closely with one of the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDLRR) rehabilitation research and training centers (RRTC). The project, Investigating Disability factors and promoting Environmental Access for Healthy Living (IDEAL), aims to promote healthy aging for people with long-term physical disabilities.  What we’ve done For the IDEAL RRTC, housed within the …

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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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Concentrate, In The Media: Nancy Baum quoted on mental health provider shortage

As mental health needs surge, the demand for care in Washtenaw County far exceeds the number of providers available. In an article by Rylee Barnsdale, titled “How can Washtenaw County solve its mental health care provider shortage?” Concentrate quotes Nancy Baum, health policy director for the Center for Health and Research Transformation (CHRT). The article discusses the growing need for …

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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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