Publications

Publications

Designing integrated behavioral health services for Medicaid enrollees, background and case studies

A growing number of states are implementing new strategies to better integrate health services and provide holistic care–particularly for Medicaid beneficiaries–with the ultimate goals of improving care coordination and patient outcomes and, in some cases, lowering health care expenses as well. For decades, physical and behavioral health care–including both mental health and substance use disorder treatment–have operated in silos. Too …

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CHRT report evaluates Michigan’s COVID-19 nursing home strategy and provides recommendations for future approaches

The Center for Health and Research Transformation (CHRT) is releasing its summary analysis of the state of Michigan’s nursing home hub strategy along with evidence-based recommendations to help improve the care and safety of residents and staff in the state’s long term care system during the COVID-19 pandemic. Findings support state’s initial strategy and identify additional approaches that can be …

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CHRT’s 2019 impact report: Improving the health of people and communities and charting a course for the future

The Center for Health and Research Transformation (CHRT) has published its 2019 impact report. The annual report summarizes how CHRT focused on impact, growth, and strategy in 2019. At any given moment, the CHRT is likely to be managing two-dozen or more client projects–from analyzing the effects of a recent state policy to designing capacity-building learning communities for health leaders.  …

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Reforms needed after systemic flaws in nursing homes worsen COVID-19: Read our piece in ABA journal on law and aging

A new piece by CHRT staff, “Reforms needed after systemic flaws in nursing homes worsen COVID-19,” appears in this month’s BIFOCAL, a journal of the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging. The article by Marianne Udow-Phillips, founding executive director, and Robyn Rontal, data analytics director, explores the need for systemic change in nursing homes and long-term care facilities. …

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Reflections on the ACA at 10: Marianne Udow-Phillips presents “the longview” in Findings magazine

In The Longview: Reflections on the ACA at 10, CHRT Founding Executive Director Marianne Udow-Phillips takes a retrospective look at the success of the ACA at 10 years old – noting the ACA’s clear accomplishments and pointing out how the ACA has fundamentally altered the way health care is viewed and discussed in the US. “The topline ACA statistics are …

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Build support for COVID-19 contact tracing and other public health measures by working with trusted messengers

A new survey from the Center for Health and Research Transformation (CHRT) and Department of Learning Health Sciences (DLHS) at the University of Michigan finds that while more than two-thirds of Michiganders report that they would be willing to participate in some form of COVID-19 contact tracing, one-third report that they would not, and many express concerns about misinformation regarding …

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Health professionals are the most trusted sources of information on COVID-19: Findings from the Cover Michigan Survey

A new survey from the Center for Health and Research Transformation (CHRT) and Department of Learning Health Sciences (DLHS) at the University of Michigan finds that health care providers, public health agencies, and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer are the most trusted and most frequently accessed COVID-19 information sources in the state of Michigan. The survey, conducted in late May, collected …

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“Trust in public health is essential amid COVID-19 pandemic” write Udow-Phillips and Lantz in Journal of Hospital Medicine

“Trust in public health is essential amid the COVID-19 pandemic,” write Marianne Udow-Phillips and Paula Lantz in a new Journal of Hospital Medicine Perspectives piece.  With more than two million cases of COVID-19 in the United States to date, no vaccine, and few treatments, the need for public health measures to reduce death and disease could not be more important. …

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Michiganders continue to report difficulty accessing mental health care, forgoing needed care.

The 2020 Cover Michigan Survey, an online survey fielded in early 2020 (before the COVID-19 pandemic began impacting Michigan), asked Michiganders about their ability to access mental health care. Across Michigan, 47 percent of survey respondents reporting needing mental health care before the COVID-19 pandemic, and the COVID-19 pandemic is thought to be exacerbating mental healthcare needs. Among these Michiganders, …

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Protecting individuals with SMI from COVID-19: Best practices for community mental health agencies and clinics

For individuals with a serious mental illness (SMI)—a mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder that interferes with or limits major life activities—the COVID-19 pandemic may present a particular threat. Community mental health agencies and clinics need to be prepared to protect their clients with SMIs from COVID-19 by understanding and following best practices for this unique situation. To slow the spread …

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