January 2022
From the director
Important information for the IHPI community
As we closed out 2021, IHPI’s seventh annual National Advisory Board meeting was held virtually on December 3. The theme for this year’s meeting was “Celebrating 10 Years & Planning for a Sustainable Future.” The discussion focused on the challenges and opportunities for the Institute in key areas, including the potential for new strategic collaborations around workforce health and wellness, long-term care, social determinants of health, climate and environmental health, and health policy and economic mobility. 
  • The Board spoke at length about the need to expand research initiatives on workforce diversity, health, and wellness, with a focus on healthcare workplace burnout and its impact on care delivery.

  • The Board encouraged us to continue our communication and policy engagement efforts to help researchers translate their data and work to the media, policymakers, and the general public. In the current environment, it is more important than ever to communicate research findings in a way that the public can understand, trust, and utilize.

  • There was also discussion around strategies to increase philanthropic support for the Institute moving forward, including participation in the next U-M Capital Campaign. The Board also supported the decision to form a new IHPI Philanthropic Advisory Board to help shape philanthropic priorities.
The past year has continued to challenge us both professionally and personally. As our Institute has grown over the last decade, our Board recognizes how we have evolved to respond to ongoing concerns related to the quality, safety, equity, and affordability of healthcare services, as well as emerging public health challenges such as COVID-19. The Board understands that successful strategies to address these complex problems require innovative approaches encompassing multiple perspectives, and they support IHPI in our efforts to bring members together across boundaries to work, learn, lead, and problem-solve. We are grateful for our National Advisory Board’s continued guidance on the priorities, strategy, and long-term vision for IHPI.
John Z. Ayanian, M.D., M.P.P.
Theme: Advancing Health Equity
IHPI is seeking proposals for timely, policy-relevant projects that aim to inform system-level solutions to advance health equity.

Proposals are due by February 15, 2022. Funding decisions will be made by March 31, 2022.

IHPI members can apply for up to $10,000 in funding. Projects should involve a rapid, focused examination of a health-related inequity AND lay out a discussion of policy considerations or solutions which can ultimately be disseminated via a policy brief, one-pager, infographic, prominent blog post, etc.
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Three IHPI members began serving three-year terms on the IHPI Leadership Team (ILT) as of January 1, 2022. Incoming ILT members are Steven (Steve) Broglio, Ph.D., A.T.C., professor of kinesiology, Lorraine (Laurie) Buis, Ph.D., M.S.I., associate professor of family medicine, and Romesh Nalliah, D.D.S., M.H.C.M., clinical professor of dentistry. In addition, Akbar Waljee, M.D., M.Sc., professor of internal medicine, will start a new role as faculty director of the IHPI Data & Methods Hub this month while serving as an ex officio member of the ILT.
Steven Broglio
Laurie Buis
Romesh Nalliah
Director John Ayanian thanked outgoing members Vineet Chopra, M.B.B.S., M.D., M.Sc. (now at University of Colorado), John Piette, Ph.D., M.S., professor of public health, Lisa Prosser, Ph.D., M.S., professor of pediatrics, and Andrew Ryan, Ph.D., M.A., professor of public health. He also thanked Dr. Ryan for his service as faculty director of the Data & Methods Hub for the past three years.
Health data sharing: NAM report features members' work
A new National Academy of Medicine Special Report features Michigan Medicine's health data-sharing approach as a case study, thanks to the work of IHPI members Sachin Kheterpal, M.D., M.B.A., Kayte Spector-Bagdady, J.D., M.B.E., and Brahmajee Nallamothu, M.D., M.P.H.
Sachin Kheterpal
Kayte Spector-Bagdady
Brahmajee Nallamothu
Member achievements, awards, 
and appointments
Okeoma Mmeje
Mmeje named associate chief clinical officer for health equity
Okeoma Mmeje, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, was named U-M Medical Group's associate chief clinical officer for health equity.
Reshma Jagsi, M.D., D.Phil., professor of radiation oncology, and Bhramar Mukherjee, Ph.D., M.S., M.Stat., professor of public health, were named 2022 Sarah Goddard Power Award winners.

The award is presented on behalf of the university’s Academic Women’s Caucus and recognizes both Jagsi and Mukherjee for their efforts to advance women in their profession.

The award ceremony will be held as a virtual event on Tuesday, February 1.
Reshma Jagsi
Bhramar Mukherjee
Sofia Merajver, M.D., Ph.D., M.S., professor of internal medicine and public health, and David Musch, Ph.D., M.P.H., professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences, are among 20 U-M faculty members elected as 2021 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the Science family of journals. Selection as an AAAS Fellow is among the most distinct honors within the scientific community.
Sofia Merajver
David Musch
Learn something new
Education, training, grants, and skill building
In this IHPI Research Seminar on December 16, Julie Bynum, M.D., M.P.H., professor of internal medicine, addressed how population research can be used to alter the trajectory of dementia's impact on individuals and society. She co-leads the Center to Accelerate Population Research in Alzheimer's.
2022 Pilot and Feasibility Grant Program
Due Date: Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Grant proposals should focus on type 2 translational research and address key questions related to the prevention or treatment of diabetes, its complications, or related endocrine or metabolic disorders (for example; obesity or metabolic syndrome). 
PhRMA Foundation new grants
Deadline: March 1, 2022
Award Amount: $50,000
Deadline: March 1, 2022
Award Amount: $50,000
Deadline: December 31, 2022 (applications accepted on a rolling basis)
Award Amount: $5,000$50,000

The Patients First Innovation Initiative is pleased to offer a new pilot funding program designed to aid U-M researchers in the collection of pilot or preliminary data to support extramural applications to larger funding opportunities (e.g., K- or R01 level). Eligible projects must be patient-centered, studying topics or outcomes that are directly relevant and important to patients. Early career faculty are strongly encouraged to apply.
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A new diabetic polyneuropathy practice guideline from the American Academy of Neurology encourages providers to select better options, says Brian Callaghan, M.D., M.S., associate professor of neurology, who led its creation. Not only do opioids come with risks, but there is also no good evidence that they are effective in the long term.
Nearly half of people in a large U.S. study reported misusing prescription drugs between ages 1850, which made them more likely to develop substance use disorder symptoms as adults––especially those whose misuse peaked later in life. The new study from a research team led by Sean Esteban McCabe, Ph.D., M.S.W., professor of nursing, recommends screening for prescription drug misuse and substance use disorder from adolescence through middle adulthood.
What happens when hospitals that might seem like competitors team up instead? Hitinder Gurm, M.B.B.S., professor of internal medicine, said that after 25 years, it’s clear that the statewide cardiovascular collaborative BMC2, formally known as the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Cardiovascular Consortium, has made all of the providers better. Member hospitals share their data, best practices, and lessons learned with each other to improve patient care and reduce health care costs.
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Date: Tuesday, February 22
Time: 3:004:00 p.m.
Speaker: Andrew Ibrahim, M.D., M.Sc., assistant professor of surgery, Medical School
The Institute is partnering with the U-M Geriatrics Center and U-M Geriatrics Community Programs for a seminar series around healthy aging, focusing on the latest research and strategies for aging well.
The series runs through May 2022. IHPI member speakers include:
February 4, 11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Health Disparities: How Does Unfair and Unequal Healthcare Hurt Everyone?
March 18, 10:00–11:30 a.m.
Readiness for an Emergency: What do Seniors Need
to Know?
March 25, 10:00–11:30 a.m.
Firearm Safety Among Older Adults
May 3, 10:00–11:30 a.m.
Coping and Resilience During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Voices from Aging Adults in the Nationwide COVID-19 Coping Study
May 27, 10:00–11:30 a.m.
Coping with Weather and Climate Change: Vulnerability and Adaptation for Healthy Aging
Date: Thursday, February 17
Time: 12:00−1:00 p.m.
Speaker: Sheldon Fields, Ph.D., R.N., CRNP, FNP-BC, AACRN, Associate Dean for Equity & Inclusion and Research Professor, Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing, Penn State University
8:3010:30 a.m.
12:003:45 p.m.
Browse upcoming seminars, lectures, and conferences, and catch recaps of past events from the archives.
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The Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation is committed to improving the quality, safety, equity, and affordability of healthcare services.

To carry out our ambitious mission, our efforts are focused in four areas:
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  • Improving the health of communities
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