Health professionals are the most trusted source of information on COVID-19: Findings from our 2020 Cover Michigan Survey

Health care providers, public health agencies, and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer are the most trusted COVID-19 information sources in the state of Michigan according to a late May survey by CHRT and DLHS at U-M. “As contact tracing expands and continued infection control practices remain critical, sustained engagement from our most trusted messengers will reach more people when it really matters," says Melissa Riba, director of research and evaluation at CHRT. Read more.
“Trust in public health is essential amid COVID-19 pandemic” write Udow-Phillips and Lantz in Journal of Hospital Medicine

"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," write Paula Lantz and Marianne Udow-Phillips in a new Journal of Hospital Medicine perspectives piece. The authors share strategies for increasing trust in both public health research and emergency interventions, in particular tools and techniques founded in communication science, social marketing, and research on public engagement. In addition, they note the fundamental importance of building support for public health measures by working with health system leaders. Read more.
In BIFOCAL, the ABA journal on law and aging, Rontal and Udow-Phillips describe much needed nursing home reforms

"Seniors want to remain at home and be as independent as possible for as long as possible," write Robyn Rontal and Marianne Udow-Phillips in BIFOCAL, the American Bar Association journal on law and aging. "COVID-19 has vividly exposed the cracks in our current system. What we’ve learned can be used to point the way to a future of integrated design changes and a comprehensive public policy framework for long-term care." Read more.
Evaluating Michigan’s COVID-19 nursing home response and recommending data-driven, evidence-based strategies for the future

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) created regional nursing home hubs with the goal of more safely handling COVID-19 patient discharges from hospitals. MDHHS asked CHRT to evaluate the regional nursing home hub approach and to recommend additional strategies to prepare for a potential second wave of COVID-19. With support from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, CHRT is in the process of developing evidence-based recommendations to guide future work. Read more.
What we're reading

COVID-19 implications for the health care system by David Blumenthal, Elizabeth Fowler, Melinda Abrams, and Sara Collins, New England Journal of Medicine, July 22, 2020

Beating the coronavirus will require inspiration--not just charity, guile, and dreams by Christoper F. Koller, Milbank Journal, July 22, 2020

Another problem on the health horizon: Medicare is running out of money by Julie Rovner, Kaiser Health News, July 22, 2020

Half of U.S. hospitals in the red by year's end without more federal support by Tara Bannow, Modern Healthcare, July 21, 2020

Caring for kids in the COVID-19 era: Addressing social drivers and paying for health by R. Laurence Moss, Charlene A. Wong, Daniella Gratale, Mark B. McClellan, Health Affairs, July 21, 2020

For COVID tests, the question of who pays comes to interpretation by Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News, July 20, 2020

Elizabeth Preston, The New York Times, July 19, 2020

How to fix the COVID-19 dumpster fire in the U.S. by Helen Branswell, STAT News, July 14, 2020

Hollowed-out public health system faces more cuts amid virus by Lauren Weber, Laura Ungar, Michelle R. Smith, Kaiser Health News, July 1, 2020

Health care policy after the COVID-19 pandemic by Victor R. Fuchs, JAMA Network, June 12, 2020
Work with trusted messengers to build support for COVID-19 contact tracing and other public health measures

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 and the privacy of their personal health information. Read more. 
What COVID-19 has taught us about health and human services integration by Melissa Riba, director of research and evaluation

"For much of the last year, CHRT has been working with The Kresge Foundation and other national partners to better understand and advance the concept of health and human services integration," writes Melissa Riba, director of research and evaluation at the Center for Health and Research Transformation. "[A]chieving real health and human services integration means unwinding entrenched systems, reintegrating the cultures of organizations, the data systems they use, the funding streams they require, and the governance structures they depend upon—all while recognizing that social determinants are inseparable from the health and wellbeing of people and communities." Read more.
In The Longview: Reflections on the ACA at 10, Marianne Udow-Phillips takes a retrospective look at the accomplishments of the ACA

“From reducing the number of uninsured to assuring those with preexisting conditions are not excluded from coverage, the ACA has been successful in achieving its core goals," writes Marianne Udow-Phillips in Findings, the magazine of the University of Michigan School of Public Health. “But perhaps most significantly, the ACA has changed the way we think and the actual conversation we are having about health coverage and care.” Read more.

The Center for Health and Research Transformation (CHRT) is one of six grantees supported by the Midwest Mobility from Poverty Network, led by Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan. The grant program aims to accelerate collaborative community-university projects that leverage data and apply research to have a real-world impact on economic mobility. CHRT’s grant supports ongoing COVID-19 analysis for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and other health-related organizations. Read more.
CHRT in the news

Lost health insurance during the coronavirus pandemic? Here are your options by Kristan Obeng, Lansing State Journal, July 20, 2020

Here's what Michigan nursing homes that escaped coronavirus did right by Patricia Anstett, Bridge Michigan, July 20, 2020

They care for Michigan's most vulnerable; we should care for them by Michelle Meade, CHRT Health Policy Fellow, Bridge Magazine, July 15, 2020

Why is Michigan's coronavirus death rate so high? by Julie Mack, MLive, June 2, 2020

Why patients are putting off health care, even when they need it by Erika Beres, Marketplace Morning Report, May 15, 2020