April 2023

On April 17, IHPI Director John Ayanian, M.D., M.P.P., welcomed many members to the 2023 Forum for a lively afternoon focused on celebrating recent highlights, gathering feedback on future engagement activities, building connections, and announcing the winners of the annual Policy Impact Award.
IHPI announced Sue Anne Bell, Ph.D., FNP-BC, FAAN, assistant professor of nursing, and Karandeep Singh, M.D., M.M.Sc., assistant professor of learning health sciences and urology, as the recipients of its annual Policy Impact Award in recognition of their significant level of engagement with health policy and practice stakeholders.

Bell was honored for her leadership in improving federal disaster preparedness and response efforts for older adults and people with disabilities. Singh was recognized for his sustained efforts to evaluate and improve clinical prediction models that leverage electronic health record data to help medical staff nationwide more quickly diagnose conditions such as sepsis.
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Amy Bohnert, Ph.D., M.H.S., professor of anesthesiology, and Chad Brummett, M.D., professor of anesthesiology, were appointed co-directors of the new U-M Opioid Research Institute. The Office of the Vice President for Research and the Medical School’s Office of Research
have jointly committed $3 million over
the next three years to bolster research collaborations and community engagement to address the national opioid
overdose crisis.
Kara Zivin, Ph.D., M.S., M.A., M.F.A., professor of psychiatry, shared her maternal mental health expertise and experience during a National Governors Association's roundtable event in Detroit on April 19. Convened for New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s 2022-23 Chair’s Initiative on Strengthening Youth Mental Health, the event brought together governors, private sector leaders, and policy and subject matter experts for a conversation on the role of states in ensuring youth and maternal mental health care access, quality, and affordability.
In an April 26 episode of NPR's On Point podcast, Nick Bagley, J.D., professor of law, discussed the recent ruling by a federal judge that prevents the government from enforcing the Affordable Care Act's preventative services mandate, which requires insurers to cover certain preventative care services without asking patients to pay out of pocket.
Member achievements, awards, 
and appointments
Oluwaferanmi Oyedeji Okanlami, M.D., assistant professor of family medicine, was appointed as a council member of The President’s Council on Sports, Fitness,
& Nutrition, a federal advisory committee that aims to educate, engage, and empower all Americans to adopt a healthy lifestyle.
Diane Harper, M.D., M.P.H., M.S., professor of family medicine, was elected to the Association of American Physicians (AAP) in a formal ceremony on April 22. Election to the AAP is considered a top honor in science and medicine as it recognizes researchers who have made impactful contributions to improve patient care through the advancement of physician-led research. 
Amy Cohn, Ph.D., professor of industrial and operations engineering, has won one of three Michigan Distinguished Professor of the Year awards from the Michigan Association of State Universities. This award recognizes faculty at Michigan’s 15 public universities who have had a significant impact on undergraduate learning.
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Submission Deadline: May 22, 2023

IHPI and the Rogel Cancer Center are seeking proposals for Policy Sprint projects that aim to inform and improve aspects of the cancer continuum, from primary prevention to survivorship, and fill a policy gap in knowledge at the local, state, federal, or global level. Selected Policy Sprint teams will receive up to $10,000 in funding.
Application Deadline: May 12, 2023

The MPrOVE Fellowship Program will provide direct support for IHPI faculty members across campus who want to pursue innovative research ideas designed to right-size care, leading to value-based projects, partnerships, and research in alignment with Michigan Medicine’s BASE priorities (Belonging, Access, Safety, Experience). Selected Fellows will receive a stipend, mentorship, and will build multi-disciplinary partnerships to improve practices and positively impact patients and clinicians.
Application Deadline: May 15, 2023
Funding: $50,000 to $100,000 per project, with up to $350,000 in total

The Eisenberg Family Depression Center is pleased to announce the 2023 Impact Grants spring/summer cycle. This opportunity is open to all U-M faculty, graduate-level students, and post-doctoral researchers and fellows who are interested in exploring research innovations to lower the burden of depression and bipolar disorders.
Faculty are encouraged to review their academic profile page in Michigan Experts and make edits to elevate visibility. Most publications and grant history are automatically included, but adding items such as a photo, LinkedIn profile, YouTube videos, and even your Twitter handle will provide a clearer picture of your activities. 
Application Deadline: May 31, 2023

The goal of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Equity Scholars for Action is to enhance the supports, resources, and community necessary for participants with historically underrepresented backgrounds to thrive professionally and personally. 
Date: May 15, 2023
Time: 9:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
Location: Ruthven Building, Main Campus

The Office of the Associate Dean for Research at Michigan Engineering will hold a full-day National Science Foundation (NSF) Career Workshop featuring a live career panel simulation led by former NSF program directors. Other activities include a Q&A session, 5-minute lightning talks, and one-on-one meetings with the directors.
The WHO Health Inequality Data Repository contains data for more than 35 reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health indicators, disaggregated by economic status, education, place of residence, and more.

Interested in additional resources? Write mlibrary-ncrc@umich.edu. Other resources: Health Services and Policy Research Guide
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Thursday, May 18 | 2:00–3:30 p.m. ET
Networking & refreshments: 3:003:30 p.m.
NCRC Building 10 Research Auditorium
In-person and livestream
Panelists: Chad Ellimoottil, M.D., M.S., assistant professor of urology,
Christopher Friese, Ph.D., R.N., AOCN, professor of nursing, Preeti Malani, M.D., M.S., M.S.J., professor of internal medicine, and Emily Martin, Ph.D., M.P.H., associate professor of epidemiology

Moderator: Renuka (Renu) Tipirneni, M.D., M.Sc., assistant professor of internal medicine

Faculty often ask how to effectively communicate their research insights with policy and media audiences. In this seminar, a panel of IHPI members will give practical tips and advice for successfully weaving together your story and maximizing the impact of your work. Panelists will share how they translate their research into relevant, timely, and compelling information and engage with policy audiences and journalists.
Monday, May 1 | 1:30–3:00 p.m. ET
NCRC Building 10, Room G063/64
Presenter: Sharad Wadhwani, M.D. M.P.H., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of California San Francisco
Wednesday, May 31 | 2:00–3:00 p.m. ET via Zoom
IHPI's National Poll on Healthy Aging (NPHA) data lead Matthias Kirch, M.S., will provide an overview of the NPHA, share examples of how poll data has been used, and offer tips and answer questions about accessing and using NPHA data. 
Monday, June 26 | 6:00–7:30 p.m. PT
Connect with IHPI Director John Ayanian, M.D., M.P.P., and colleagues and friends of the Institute who are committed to improving the quality, safety, equity, and affordability of health care services.
10:30 a.m.−12:00 p.m. ET
1:00−4:30 p.m. ET

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Our members making headlines
Black and Hispanic older adults whose annual income is slightly above the federal poverty level are more likely than their white peers to face cost-related barriers to accessing health care and filling medications for chronic conditions, according to new research by senior author Renu Tipirneni, M.D., M.Sc., assistant professor of internal medicine, and a team of colleagues from U-M and the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health.
A new study published in JAMA by lead author Kao-Ping Chua, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of pediatrics, shows the rate of people starting on buprenorphine remained flat from 2019 through 2022, while the percentage of patients who stayed on buprenorphine for at least six months hovered at just over 20% from 2016 through 2022.  
A study by senior author Christine M. Veenstra, M.D., M.S., associate professor of hematology and oncology, surveyed the partners of colorectal cancer patients and found the financial impact of a loved one’s diagnosis also affects the partner’s health-related quality of life.
A study led by Christopher Friese, Ph.D., R.N., AOCN, professor of nursing, asked 9,150 state-licensed nurses in Michigan about their plans to leave their current nursing jobs, reduce hours or pursue travel nursing in the Michigan Nurses Survey. The research team also surveyed 1,224 nurses who left their nursing positions within the past two years. 
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