January 2023

Save the Date: IHPI Member Forum
Monday, April 17, 2023
Three IHPI members began serving three-year terms on the IHPI Leadership Team (ILT) as of January 1, 2023. Incoming ILT members are Ravi Anupindi, Ph.D., M.E., M.S., professor at the Ross School of Business, Donald Likosky, Ph.D., professor of cardiac surgery, and Sameer Saini, M.D., M.S., professor of internal medicine and director of the VA Ann Arbor's Center for Clinical Management Research. Director John Ayanian thanked outgoing member Ken Langa, M.D., Ph.D., professor of internal medicine, for his service on the ILT.

Ravi Anupindi
Donald Likosky
Sameer Saini
The National Clinician Scholars Program (NCSP) at IHPI seeks a new Director to lead this premier health care research and policy training program. The IHPI NCSP Director will guide the program's leadership team, oversee scholar recruitment and selection, provide mentorship, and work directly with scholars to develop projects that cultivate unique research and leadership skills.
IHPI is proud to introduce the 2023-25 cohort of the National Clinician Scholars Program. The six new scholars will join us in July to begin policy-relevant research training to improve health and health care.
Our experts
Groundbreaking research, innovation, and intellectual energy
1 in 8 adults over 50 show signs of food addiction
New results from the National Poll on Healthy Aging show that 13% of people age 50 to 80 met criteria for addiction to highly processed food like sweetened beverages, chips, and fast food in the past year, while 44% indicated at least one symptom of food addiction. The most commonly reported symptom of addiction, noted by 24% of older adults, was intense cravings to eat these types of foods at least once a week.
In this podcast episode, Julie Bynum, M.D., M.P.H., professor of internal medicine, talks about a new study examining how the likelihood of receiving a diagnosis of dementia has changed over the last decade. She discusses what researchers who use Medicare data should take away from this finding and the various approaches that exist for the identification of dementia in Medicare billing data.
Member achievements, awards, 
and appointments
Ayanian, Bell, and Bohnert join special NAM committees
John Ayanian, M.D., M.P.P., IHPI director and professor of internal medicine, Sue Anne Bell, Ph.D., FNP-BC, FAAN, assistant professor of nursing, and Amy Bohnert, Ph.D., M.H.S., professor of anesthesiology, were recently selected to join special National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine ad hoc committees. Ayanian will join a committee focused on the current state of racial and ethnic disparities in health care. Bell will serve on a committee focused on sustaining health services related to intimate partner violence during health emergencies. Bohnert will join a committee to study the effects of opioids and benzodiazepines on all-cause mortality of veterans.
Lindsay Admon, M.D., M.Sc., assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, has been elected to fill a vacancy on the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs (SACUA), the nine-member executive arm of U-M’s central faculty governance system. She will serve out a term ending April 30, 2024.
IHPI communicator elected fellow of AAAS
Kara Gavin, M.S., research and policy media relations manager for IHPI and Michigan Medicine's Department of Communications, has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) - Section on General Interest in Science and Engineering. Her communications efforts have helped IHPI research reach a wider audience. She has also trained hundreds of faculty and learners on how to effectively communicate with the press and public. 
Learn something new
Education, training, grants, and skill building
This one-year master’s degree program (M.Sc.) is open to clinicians who want to learn about health policy, the sociocultural determinants of health, and various methods relevant to health services research. A limited number of clinicians are accepted every year to this tuition-based program and the class size is limited to 20.
Deadline: January 31, 2023
Award: $20,000

The National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation (NIHCM) Research Award recognizes outstanding published work from researchers furthering innovation in health care financing, delivery and organization or the implementation of health care policy.
IHPI offers a K and R01 Mock Study Section Program in collaboration with the Center for Healthcare Outcomes and Policy (CHOP). The goal of the program is to provide structured feedback to IHPI early- and mid-level career faculty members on their K-series or VA-equivalent career development award proposals and R01 proposals.

Individual sessions will take place from 1:30–2:30 p.m. on February 17, March 17, April 21, and May 19.
Due Date: March 1, 2023
Award: $1,000 honorarium

The Susan B. Meister Award for Best Paper in Child Health Policy is designed to recognize a paper by a student or postdoctoral fellow who has published an outstanding scientific paper in child health policy within the last year. 
New MICHR K12 Opportunity
Due Date: March 1, 2023

The new MICHR K12 is a two-year award that provides protected research time, mentorship, and competency-based career development for translational scholars with a doctoral degree in a clinical or health focus. Awardees will receive career development training in addition to concierge-level support as they connect with U-M resources.
Deadline: April 1, 2023
Award Amount: $1,000,000
The society is interested in supporting rapid learning research to study the effects of health policy changes on patients, providers, and health systems. This includes but is not limited to facilitators and barriers to care, unintended consequences, differential experiences and outcomes of patients seeking or receiving care, best practice models for quality care, and economic impact. 
Call for proposals: Michigan Center for Diabetes Translational Research Pilot/Feasibility Grant Program
2023 Pilot and Feasibility Grant Program
Deadline: April 4, 2023
Funding: Up to $50,000 direct costs

This Pilot and Feasibility (P/F) Grant Program, sponsored by the Michigan Center for Diabetes Translational Research (MCDTR), aims to accelerate the pace of diabetes research and enable awardees to generate sufficient preliminary data for successful applications for major research funding from the NIH or other national granting agencies.
Deadline: April 14, 2023
Award Amount: $500,000
The Frontier Award is a new funding opportunity in the PhRMA Foundation’s Value Assessment and Health Outcomes Research (VA-HOR) Program that seeks research proposals for empirical studies that apply a published value assessment framework to determine the value of a health care intervention, such as a drug, device, or other health-related technology.
This presentation, sponsored by the College of Pharmacy Faculty Collaboration Club, features Drs. Christian Macedonia, M.D., COL. US Army (Ret.)Indika Rajapakse, Ph.D., associate professor, U-M Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics, and Rachel Wallace, Research Development Officer, U-M Office of Research.
QDR provides a convenient and flexible option for sharing and preserving qualitative and mixed-methods research data. Use this archive to also discover a wide range of digital data and accompanying documentation.

Interested in additional resources? Write mlibrary-ncrc@umich.edu. Other resources: Health Services and Policy Research Guide
Save the dates
Events that connect and engage
Date: February 2, 2023
Time: 12:001:00 p.m. ET
Location: School of Dentistry, 1st Floor, Room 1033 and ZOOM

Wednesday, March 22, 2023
Date: February 16, 2023
Time: 2:30−4:00 p.m. ET
Location: Zoom
Speaker: Martin F. Shapiro, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College, and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Public Health, UCLA

Why has it been so difficult to solve the problems of American health care? In exploring this question, Dr. Martin Shapiro will draw on research and theory in the social sciences, humanities, health services and education as well as his own experiences for this special IHPI seminar. This event includes a presentation followed by a discussion moderated by Drs. Rodney Hayward and Eve Kerr.

VA CCMR & U-M MCDTR joint Seminar Series
for Health Equity Research
Date: February 23, 2023
Time: 4:00−5:15 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Presenter: Rod Hayward, M.D., professor of internal medicine,
Medical School

The VA Center for Clinical Management Research (CCMR) Inclusion, Diversity, Development, Equity, and Anti-Racism (IDDEA) Core and the U-M Michigan Center for Diabetes Translational Research (MCDTR) are co-sponsors of this event.
12:00−1:00 p.m. ET
12:153:45 p.m. ET

*Featuring IHPI National Advisory Board Member Dr. Joneigh Khaldun of CVS Health

Browse upcoming seminars, lectures, and conferences, and catch recaps of past events from the archives.
In the news
Our members making headlines
A new study in JAMA Network Open led by senior author Thomas Cascino, M.D., M.Sc., clinical lecturer of internal medicine, finds a change to Medicare policy surrounding heart transplants may lead to increased inequities in access to transplants for patients with heart failure. Patients receiving left ventricular assist devices (LVAD) at transplant-capable centers had 79% higher odds to receive a bridge-to-transplant designation than patients treated at LVAD-only centers.
Most pregnant individuals who died of suicide or overdose in one state sample had diagnoses of mental health or substance use conditions–but few received proper therapy before death, a new study with co-author Lindsay Admon, M.D., M.Sc., assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, suggests.

Michigan Medicine researchers analyzed 237 maternal deaths due to suicide or overdose occurring between 2008 and 2018 in Michigan, finding that more than two-thirds of cases involved a documented behavioral health condition.
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