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What is accessibility and why does it matter?

At CHRT, we value equity and information access for all. To further align our practice with these values, our communication team recently increased its expertise in accessibility through WebAIM training, a robust online course offered by Utah State University. Here’s just some of what we learned.  Over 25 million people in the U.S. have a disability (visual, auditory, or cognitive) …

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Terrisca Des Jardins, CHRT’s executive director, joins the advisory board of the University of Michigan Griffith Leadership Center 

CHRT and the University of Michigan Griffith Leadership Center (GLC) share many interests. While CHRT improves public health by providing health and health care research, data analyses, and backbone support to government agencies, community decision leaders, and nonprofits, GLC does so by promoting and supporting future health management and policy leaders. Terrisca Des Jardins, CHRT’s executive director, has been tapped …

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CHRT Rebecca Copeland Internship 

Holly Teague Quivera, 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 …

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Welcome to CHRT, Lisa Jeun and Poonam Yadav

We are pleased to introduce our newest team members, Lisa Jeun and Poonam Yadav. Lisa Jeun is an accountant at CHRT, responsible for managing all accounts payable and accounts receivable. She is also preparing the monthly and year-end financial reports and maintaining records and schedules required for annual external audit and tax reporting. Yeun holds a master’s degree in accounting …

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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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CHRT’s senior project manager Deana Smith will lead a roundtable discussion at the American Society of Aging Conference, New Orleans, April 11-14, 2022

CHRT’s senior project manager Deana Smith will lead a roundtable discussion at the American Society of Aging Conference, New Orleans, April 11-14, 2022. This conference is the largest multidisciplinary conference on aging in the U.S. This year’s theme is “Advancing Economic Security.” Smith’s presentation, titled “Translating community-based work to payers for sustainability,” will describe early accomplishments in efforts to form …

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Medicaid expansion expert Dr. Renu Tipirneni to join CHRT Board of Directors

Since 2015, Dr. John Z. Ayanian has been an active and engaged member of CHRT’s Board of Directors. After two consecutive terms of service, Ayanian will step down from the role this month. CHRT is deeply grateful for Ayanian’s service and pleased to report that Dr. Renuka Tipirneni has been chosen to replace Ayanian on the board.  “As a medical …

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CHRT announces its new class of Health Policy Fellows

We’re pleased to announce that the 2022 cohort of CHRT Health Policy Fellows has been selected. These fellows will complete a four-month curriculum designed to build bridges between Michigan’s academic health researchers, nonprofit health leaders, and policymakers in Lansing.  The 2022 CHRT Health Policy Fellows are: Policymakers Eva Cline – Policy Advisor, Michigan State House Republicans Brianna Egan – Legislative …

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CHRT welcomes new staff with expertise in integration, communication and graphic design, program evaluation, and administration

Sharon Kim – Associate Director Sharon Kim is an associate director at CHRT. She supports CHRT’s growing work focused on health equity and the integration of clinical and social services through interventions powered by information and technology. Before joining CHRT, Sharon served as a Health Care Manager at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan supporting a portfolio of value-based programs …

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We’re launching a community integrated health network for senior services in Southeast Michigan and beyond

The Center for Health and Research Transformation at the University of Michigan has recently received grants from the federal Administration for Community Living and the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation to expand and enhance a local collaborative that provides medically tailored meals, and referrals to home and community-based services, to vulnerable seniors and individuals with disabilities.

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