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Coronavirus

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Physicians’ knowledge of where to refer patients for social needs has increased, but opportunities for growth remain

A growing strategy to improve individuals’ health and well-being has been to address their social needs—food, housing, transportation, employment, and more—often referred to as social determinants of health. Increasingly, physicians are being offered incentives that encourage them to screen patients for social needs and connect them to community-based organizations for services. However, community-based organizations are still rarely compensated by the …

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Long COVID’s impact on Michiganders and the Michigan economy

At the time of this publication in May 2022, Michigan has had just over 2 million confirmed COVID cases, excluding deaths. At the percentages indicated in our study and in the literature, 700,000 of these Michiganders could have or may experience long COVID. This could have a major economic burden on families and the state of Michigan due to long …

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Michigan’s physicians and health care providers are burnt out: What can we do to help them navigate pandemic pressures?

Michigan’s latest COVID-19 surge is among the worst in the country, and if there’s one thing we know about COVID’s effect on our nation’s health care system, provider burnout will soon follow.  Physician burnout is a concern for everyone. It’s tied to lower-quality care, reduced clinical productivity, and increased physician turnover. In the general population, we also know that stress …

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The COVID-19 pandemic has added significant new stressors for family caregivers – here’s why that matters

Nearly 40 percent of all family caregivers find their caregiving situation to be emotionally stressful. When caregivers feel they have no choice in assuming their caregiving duties, this increases to 53 percent. Left unaddressed, caregiver stress can worsen physical, mental, and emotional health, as well as social and financial well-being. The COVID-19 pandemic has created an incredibly challenging environment for …

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New CHRT survey analyzes who in Michigan isn’t getting vaccinated against COVID-19 and why with policy, practice recommendations

Between March 19, 2021 and April 1, 2021, CHRT fielded a supplement to its regular Cover Michigan Survey—a representative survey of Michigan adults—to better understand who isn’t getting vaccinated against COVID-19 and the reasons for their vaccine hesitancy, delay, and avoidance. Who isn’t getting vaccinated against COVID-19? Only 20 percent of Latinx/Hispanic residents reported having received at least one dose …

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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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