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

The Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation’s (CHRT) latest e-newsletter brings some exciting updates and insights from our ongoing research and projects. This edition features findings from our recently completed research on behavioral health workforce challenges in rural communities and how states are addressing them. It also highlights our ninth cohort of health policy fellows, who are working on various …

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Health Policy Fellows

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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Detroit Health Department Fellow

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. Here, we delve into the details of this initiative, exploring its inception, goals, and the impact …

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Dr. Carrie Rheingans on ER helping Opiate Crisis.

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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Health Policy Fellows

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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Study Shows ACA Medicaid Expansion Increased Access to Substance Use Services: Medicaid expansion particularly important in face of opioid crisis

A study released by the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation (CHRT) shows that the ACA Medicaid expansion provided additional support to people who need substance use services—an increasing number of people in light of the opioid crisis. The study examined the impact of the ACA Medicaid expansion on public mental health and substance use services in three demographically-similar Midwestern …

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