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What COVID-19 teaches us about health and human services integration by Melissa Riba

Melissa Riba, Director of Research and Evaluation For much of the last year, CHRT has been working with The Kresge Foundation and other national partners to better understand and advance the concept of health and human services integration. At CHRT, we are focusing our health and research transformation lens and our expertise in systems change to learn about the challenges …

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Another existential threat to the Affordable Care Act in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic

Having health insurance is essential to getting early diagnosis and treatment.  And if we’ve learned one thing during this coronavirus crisis, it’s that early diagnosis and treatment isn’t just important for the individual affected, it’s important for all of us. That’s why I was so troubled this week when, during a press conference, President Trump reaffirmed his support for a …

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Backbone Organizations: What they do, and why they matter – Nancy Baum

At CHRT, we devote much of our time to policy analysis, research and evaluation, and project management.  More recently, as our emphasis on collective impact has grown, CHRT is expanding our role as a backbone organization. So what does it mean to be a backbone organization, and why does it matter? One way to conceptualize a backbone organization is that …

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Building a business case for sustainability–why you need one, and why this is the time to get started

Marianne Udow-Phillips, Founding Executive Director, Center for Health and Research Transformation (CHRT) Community based organizations providing important social services–supportive housing, food security, mental health, substance use services and the like–are often challenged to maintain programs over time. Without an ongoing revenue stream, many human service oriented organizations struggle to keep important services available in the community. In this context, when …

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Ten years in, Riba shares the legacy and future of CHRT’s Cover Michigan Survey

Melissa Riba, Research and Evaluation Director, Center for Health and Research Transformation (CHRT) Recently, our research and evaluation team sat down for a 2020 work-planning meeting, and we asked ourselves, “what did we want to accomplish in 2020?” As our conversation focused on the year ahead, it also led me to think about the last ten years of Cover Michigan …

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CHRT is growing: Join us in welcoming new staff

Several new staff members have joined the Center for Health and Research Transformation. They bring expertise in pay for success financing, evaluating case management interventions for superutilizers, recovery-oriented communities, integrative approaches to health disparities, program evaluation and improvements, and more. Please join us in welcoming them to the team. Ryan Bartholomew is an analyst at CHRT. He manages CHRT’s Health …

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Cover Michigan 2018: Health Care Benefit Use Variation by Demographics

Data from the Center for Health and Research Transformation’s (CHRT) 2018 Cover Michigan Survey Report, “Use of Health Care Benefits in Michigan,” show which health benefits Michiganders with health insurance coverage have used in the past year and how benefit use varies by age, race, gender, and economic status. For more detail on the 2018 health care use analysis, review “Health …

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Nine lessons for the leaders of health and human services integration initiatives (and for the grantmakers that want them to succeed)

In Health Affairs’ GrantWatch column, Marianne Udow-Phillips, Kathryne O’Grady, and Phyllis Meadows share Nine lessons for the leaders of health and human services integration initiatives (and for the grantmakers that want them to succeed). “Collectively addressing the environmental and social factors that influence health, a process known as health and human services integration, is not a new concept in the …

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Rising Deductibles and the Underinsured

Co-authors Leah Corneail, Health Policy Analyst and CHRT Policy Fellowship Program Manager Josh Fangmeier, Senior Health Policy Analyst November 1st of this year marked the beginning of the Affordable Care Act’s third marketplace open enrollment period. As consumers, health plans, and exchanges prepared for open enrollment, much of the current health policy debate shifted from reducing the number of uninsured …

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