Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, CHRT conducts rapid response research for Michigan policy leaders who are working proactively to protect people and communities across the state. CHRT’s first rapid response brief, published on April 10, 2020, is conducted at the request of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. In the brief, CHRT staff explore funding and policy opportunities in the 2020 CARES Act, signed into law on March 27, 2020, that would be useful to local health departments.
Subsequent briefs address a broad range of topics, as requested by policymakers and practitioners, including:
- Best practices for protecting populations in nursing homes and long-term care settings
- Meeting the behavioral health needs of Michigan’s prison population
- Safe, temporary shelter for homeless populations during the pandemic
- Mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on persons in poverty
- Protecting individuals with serious mental illness from COVID-19
In addition to these and other rapid response briefs, in 2021 and 2022 CHRT publishes a series of COVID-19 research briefs for policymakers and practitioners, such as:
- Telehealth services have expanded to address COVID-19 emergency. Let’s preserve the most effective innovations.
- Build support for COVID-19 contact tracing and other public health measures by working with trusted messengers
- Reforms needed after systemic flaws in nursing homes worsen COVID-19: Read our piece in ABA journal on law and aging
- Learn how states are combatting social isolation and loneliness in adults with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic
- New CHRT survey analyzes who in Michigan isn’t getting vaccinated against COVID-19 and why with policy, practice recommendations
- The COVID-19 pandemic has added significant new stressors for family caregivers – here’s why that matters
- Michigan’s physicians and health care providers are burnt out: What can we do to help them navigate pandemic pressures?
- Long COVID’s impact on Michiganders and the Michigan economy