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Working remotely to stem the spread of coronavirus, but fully operational and looking forward to hearing from you

The COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated changes in the way we work, forcing many organizations to adopt remote work practices to safeguard the health and safety of their staff. To stem the spread of coronavirus, CHRT staff members are working remotely and have moved our team, client, and work group meetings to telephone and virtual platforms. Despite the challenges posed by …

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What’s new at CHRT: New projects that focus on integration, work requirements reporting, and mental health

CHRT’s latest e-news features findings from recently completed research on behavioral health workforce issues in rural communities and what states are doing to address them; an introduction to our ninth cohort of health policy fellows; information about new projects that focus on integration, work requirements, and mental health; a blog from our director of research and evaluation on what we’ve …

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Ninth cohort of CHRT Health Policy Fellows features diverse views, backgrounds, expertise, and more

On January 30, the ninth cohort of CHRT Health Policy Fellows will begin a four-month curriculum designed to build bridges between Michigan’s health researchers and policymakers. The curriculum includes the history of health care in America, Affordable Care Act implementation and impact in Michigan, value-based insurance design, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services priorities, collaborative quality initiatives, health care …

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CHRT to support grantees of The Kresge Foundation as they advance health and human services integration

The Kresge Foundation has awarded $1.5 million in grants to five organizations across the nation to enhance their efforts to integrate their health and human services systems and create more seamless, person-centered experiences for individuals and families seeking support in cities across the country. The Center for Health and Research Transformation serves as the foundation’s learning partner and technical assistance provider for …

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CHRT congratulates inaugural Detroit Health Department public health practice and policy engagement fellows

Eighteen Detroit Health Department staffers graduated this week after completing a 14-week certificate program in public health policy, health and human services integration, program evaluation, community coalition-building, and more. This was the second cohort of Detroit Health Department staff members to complete the curriculum. The pilot training program, made possible with funding from U-M Poverty Solutions and the DMC Foundation, …

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CHRT and Detroit Health Department collaborate on new staff fellowship program

In 2018, with support from U-M Poverty Solutions and the DMC Foundation, the Detroit Health Department worked with CHRT to develop a new fellowship program for front-line staff–one designed to build specific skills and knowledge that would positively impact public health service delivery in Detroit. The fellowship, which graduated its first cohort of fellows this week, engages DHD personnel who work …

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Congratulations to CHRT’s Carrie Rheingans, selected as one of Crain’s Detroit’s Notable Women in Health Care

Carrie Rheingans at the May 23rd, 2018 WHI Stakeholders Meeting. Carrie Rheingans, project manager at the Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation (CHRT), is recognized in Crain’s Detroit Business’s inaugural list of Notable Women in Health Care. At CHRT, Carrie manages the Washtenaw Health Initiative (WHI), a regional health coalition focused on improving access to coordinated care for low-income, uninsured, and …

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Congratulations to the 2018 class of Health Policy Fellows

The Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation (CHRT) is pleased to introduce its 2018 Health Policy Fellows, including six University of Michigan researchers and six Lansing-based policymakers, who recently completed a 15-week fellowship program designed to translate health research into policy. “Health researchers want their work to have impact at the community, state, and national level. And policymakers and decision …

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Study Suggests Policy Solutions Could Tame Skyrocketing Specialty Drug Costs Michigan

Prescription drug costs are the fastest growing component of total U.S. health care costs, with the increase in retail prescription drug spending (12%) outpacing overall health care spending (5%) in 2014 Spending on specialty drugs—which are used to treat complex, chronic medical conditions and typically require special handling, administration, and monitoring—is a significant component of drug spending, amounting to 22 …

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