March 2023

Monday, April 17 | 2:30–5:00 p.m. ET
This year’s event in the NCRC Dining Room (Building 18) will focus on cultivating connections, collaboration, and community. We will celebrate recent highlights and look to the future, with opportunities for member input. We hope to see you there! 
Open to IHPI members only.
IHPI Director John Ayanian and Michael Chernew, Ph.D., professor of health care policy at Harvard Medical School and chair of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), discuss a range of topics, including potential strategies for improving health insurance and the health care system during the 2023 IHPI Director's Lecture on March 22.
Application Deadline: Friday, April 7, 2023

IHPI is pleased to announce a call for applications to serve on the
Early Career Faculty Advisory Council. The Council's primary role is to advise IHPI leadership on how the institute can help to promote the success of early career IHPI members and accelerate the impact of their research. All interested early-career faculty are encouraged to apply.
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Groundbreaking research, innovation,
and intellectual energy
A statewide effort to treat the pain of surgery patients without increasing their risk of long-term dependence on opioids has paid off in Michigan. In less than two years, the effort, driven by the Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network and the Michigan Surgical Quality Collaborative, led to a 56% reduction in the amount of opioids patients received after having six different common operations, and a 26% drop
in the chance that they would still be filling opioid prescriptions months after their surgical pain should have eased. Both of those decreases
beat national trends for similar patients, according to a new study by
a U-M team.
Andrew Shuman, M.D., associate professor of otolaryngology, provided testimony on the ongoing national drug shortages during a March 22 hearing with the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Government Affairs. After the hearing, the committee issued a report detailing how a worsening shortage of critical medications poses a national security problem and threaten health care providers’ ability to treat patients.
On February 23, Sarah Peitzmeier, Ph.D., M.S.P.H., assistant professor of nursing, shared her expertise and research on intimate partner violence in the LGBTQ+ community with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Committee for Sustaining Essential Health Care Services Related to Intimate Partner Violence During Public Health Emergencies.
Member achievements, awards, 
and appointments
Carina Gronlund, Ph.D., M.P.H., research investigator at the Institute for Social Research, was named a 2023 NIH Climate Health Scholar. She joins an inaugural cohort of scientists working to reduce health threats from climate change across the lifespan and build health resilience in individuals, communities, and nations around the world, especially among those at highest risk.
Carina Gronlund
Erin Bonar
Erin Bonar, Ph.D., associate professor of psychiatry, received a National Institutes of Health HEAL Initiative Mentorship Award which recognizes exceptional commitment to the development and mentorship of early career scientists in the pain and addiction research fields.
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Education, training, grants, and skill building
This program provides structured feedback to early- and mid-career faculty members on their K-series or VA-equivalent career development award proposals and R01 proposals. The May 12 session is currently open for all IHPI members to observe a proposal critique and offer additional constructive feedback.
IHPI encourages all members whose research involves telehealth,
e-health, mobile health, remote patient monitoring, or other health information technologies to join the IHPI Telehealth Research Network, led by Laurie Buis, PhD, MSI, associate professor of family medicine. To join the network and help shape its 202324 priorities, please complete this form or contact project manager, Emma Steppe.
Deadline: May 15, 2023

Bold Challenges, an Office of the Vice President for Research initiative, recently launched two new funding and support opportunities for research teams:

  • Boost, an annual cohort-based program to support multi-school teams working on significant transdisciplinary projects, providing up to $75K.

  • Accelerate, a precision service to support and guide teams that are seeking transformational grants through an identified funding source. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
The OECD policy observatory provides multidisciplinary, evidence-based policy analysis and data on AI’s areas of impact.

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Events that connect and engage
2023 Emerging Scholars Exchange Program Presentations
Date & Time: Thursday, April 20 | 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. ET
Presenter: Chén C. Kenyon, M.D., M.S.H.P., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania
Date & Time: Monday, May 1 | 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. ET
Presenter: Sharad Wadhwani, M.D. M.P.H., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of California San Francisco
Friday, May 5 | 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET
In-person & virtual
Presenter: Keith Humphreys, Ph.D., Esther Ting Memorial Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Sciences, Stanford University
Moderator: Amy Bohnert, Ph.D., M.H.S., professor of anesthesiology
Hosted by Michigan Medicine, the Office of the Vice President
for Research, and IHPI
IHPI Reception @ AcademyHealth Research Meeting in Seattle, WA
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.

Registration required. More details coming soon.
2:00−3:30 p.m. ET
1:00−4:30 p.m. ET
Pathways to Action & Solutions for Health Workforce Shortages

A multidisciplinary panel of researchers discussed their timely work on topics related to oral health and dental care, including engagement of community health workers, reducing opioid use, and associated multi-morbidities among older adults. They also examined health policy considerations and opportunities for future research.

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Five years of National Poll on Healthy Aging data show measures of loneliness have declined to near pre-pandemic levels for many adults age 50 to 80. However, the percentages of older adults who reported feeling lonely were much higher among those with mental or physical health challenges or disabilities.
MC3, a program led by
Maria Muzik, M.D., M.S., of the Department of Psychiatry, helps primary care providers easily consult with U-M psychiatrists for rapid, confidential advice on treating a patient’s mental health needs. Many of the patients are in crisis and from areas of Michigan that lack local mental health providers. MC3 also offers providers medication reference guides, free online education programs, and digital mental health screening.
The risk of death rises among older adults with Alzheimer’s or other dementias in the months following exposure to a hurricane, according to a new study led by Sue Anne Bell, Ph.D., FNP-BC, FAAN, assistant professor of nursing.
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