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Robyn Rontal

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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Deana Smith

Senior project manager Deana Smith to lead roundtable at American Society of Aging Conference

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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Dr. Renu Tipirneni

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 Health Policy Fellows

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

The Center for Health and Research Transformation is happy to welcome new staff with backgrounds in integration, graphic design, program evaluation, administration, and communication. 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 …

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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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Here’s to administration: How a wonky thing like backbone support is improving one county’s homeless response system

“When the typical homeless client is entering a shelter, they’re probably having the worst day of their life,” says Andrew Kraemer,  Washtenaw County Continuum of Care (CoC) data and evaluation specialist.  One new strategy that organizations in Washtenaw County are using to help clients on that worst day is diversion.  Housing Access for Washtenaw County (HAWC) and the Shelter Association …

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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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Four new projects focus on financing for supportive housing, peer support for SUD, community paramedicine reimbursement, and CCBHC evaluation

The Center for Health and Research Transformation (CHRT) has taken on several new projects. The four 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), sustainability research for Community Paramedicine, and an analysis of Michigan’s CCBHC demonstrations. For the first project, CHRT …

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CHRT's Newest Team Memebers

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

We’re excited to welcome our newest team members –Marissa Rurka, Erin Horne, and Vinusha Devarakonda. We’re happy to have them and looking forward to working with them. Marissa Rurka Marissa Rurka is a senior research and evaluation analyst at CHRT and a Ph.D. candidate in gerontology and sociology. Before joining CHRT, Marissa assisted with an evaluation of Minnesota’s value-based reimbursement …

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