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New projects focus on innovative financing models for supportive housing, peer support for SUD, and community paramedicine

The Center for Health and Research Transformation (CHRT) has taken on several new projects. The three most recent projects include research on innovative financing models for supportive housing, a pilot for a peer support program for those struggling with Substance Use Disorder (SUD), and an analysis of Huron Valley Ambulance’s Community Paramedicine program. For the first project, CHRT is conducting …

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Please join us in welcoming our newest team members, who bring expertise in gerontology, sociology, and user experience

Marissa Rurka Marissa Rurka is a senior research and evaluation analyst at CHRT and a PhD candidate in gerontology and sociology. Before joining CHRT, Marissa assisted with an evaluation of Minnesota’s value-based reimbursement policies for nursing facilities. In particular, her role was to evaluate a measure of long-stay resident quality of life. Prior to that, Marissa served as a research …

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New Board Members: Toshiki Masaki of the Asian and Pacific American Affairs Commission and Dr. Amy McKenzie of BCBSM

CHRT is delighted to welcome to its board of directors Toshiki Masaki, former chair of the State of Michigan Asian and Pacific American Affairs Commission, and Dr. Amy McKenzie, associate chief medical officer for provider engagement at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Amy McKenzie, MD, MBA is a board-certified family medicine physician with 13 years of experience in private …

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CHRT Health Policy Fellow Dr. Renu Tipirneni calls for bold policy action to address disparities in COVID-19

There are significant disparities in U.S. COVID-19 cases and deaths, but the underlying mechanism of these disparities remains unknown, says Health Policy Fellow Dr. Renuka Tipirneni. Tipirneni is coauthor of a cross-sectional study, published this month in JAMA Open, on the social and demographic factors most closely associated with COVID-19 incidence and death. In this study, Dr. Tipirneni and coauthors …

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CHRT Health Policy Fellow Mark Peterson argues for more support for adults with cerebral palsy and other childhood onset disabilities

Dr. Mark Peterson, one of CHRT’s 2019 health policy fellows, is in Mayo Clinic Proceedings with “Cerebral palsy grows up,” arguing that more support is required for individuals with cerebral palsy (CP) and other childhood onset disabilities as they grow up. The population of adults with childhood onset disabilities has increased significantly, writes Peterson. While there is very little research …

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An all-star zoom tribute to Marianne Udow-Phillips, founding executive director of CHRT

Marianne Udow-Phillips served as director of Michigan’s Department of Human Services during Jennifer Granholm’s Administration and as a senior executive at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan for over 20 years before becoming the founding executive director of CHRT in 2007. To commemorate Marianne’s retirement from the executive director role,  and to pay tribute to her many contributions to health …

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Center for Health and Research Transformation names Terrisca Des Jardins as incoming executive director

Terrisca Des Jardins, MHSA, currently the chief operating officer for the Physician Organization of Michigan ACO (POM ACO), has been selected to become the next executive director of the Center for Health and Research Transformation (CHRT), an independent nonprofit at the University of Michigan. Marianne Udow-Phillips, the founding executive director of CHRT, will retire at the end of the calendar …

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MDHHS shares CHRT’s key analytic findings, recommendations for keeping nursing home residents safe in light of COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) created regional nursing home hubs with the goal of more safely handling COVID-19 patient discharges from hospitals. MDHHS asked CHRT to evaluate the regional nursing home hub approach and to recommend additional strategies to prepare for a potential second wave of COVID-19. A September 1 …

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U-M awards grants to six projects, including one from CHRT, that address poverty, impact of COVID-19 across Midwest

The Midwest Mobility from Poverty Network, led by Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan, awarded six grants totaling $150,000 for projects to improve economic mobility and address the impact of COVID-19 throughout the Midwest. The grant program aims to accelerate collaborative community-university projects that will leverage data and apply research to have real-world impact on economic mobility.  The Center …

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COVID-19 has transformed health and behavioral health care delivery through telehealth, but does everyone have access?

In this 25-minute webinar by Karin Teske, a senior analyst for research and evaluation at the Center for Health and Research Transformation (CHRT), viewers will learn about the rapid advance of telehealth in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Teske shares telehealth use and uptake data from before the COVID-19 pandemic, and offers a glimpse of what’s changed since March …

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