Publications

Publications

Coronavirus

Learn how states are combatting social isolation and loneliness in adults with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic

Forty percent of adults with a debilitating disability or chronic condition report feelings of loneliness or being socially isolated. The significant risk factors for social isolation include living alone, mobility disabilities, major life transitions, and emerging health problems – all which become more prevalent in older age. The health risks associated with social isolation and loneliness are troubling, and include …

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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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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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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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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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Telehealth services have expanded to address COVID-19 emergency. Let’s preserve the most effective innovations.

Over the past decade, telehealth services have been on the rise, in part due to the fact that more and more states are adopting telehealth-friendly policies. But by 2019, the proportion of U.S. consumers using telehealth services was still only about 10 percent. In light of the COVID-19 emergency, national Medicare and Michigan Medicaid and commercial plans have responded with …

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COVID-19 rapid response brief: Mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on persons in poverty – strategies to consider

Amid an ever-changing COVID-19 crisis, the communities that have historically been segregated by income and race are struggling. The effects of systemic racism and poverty, reduced economic mobility, and the high cost of medical care are compounding inequities. Mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on persons in poverty is essential. To reduce the spread of COVID-19 and minimize its impact, social …

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COVID-19 rapid response brief: Safe, temporary shelter for homeless populations during the pandemic

Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, staff members at the Center for Health and Research Transformation (CHRT) have been conducting rapid response research for Michigan policy leaders who are working proactively to protect vulnerable communities across the state. In this analysis for county-level commissioners, we outline some of the strategies state and local governments are deploying to provide alternate temporary shelter spaces …

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