November/December 2021
As we continue to navigate the ever-changing impacts of the pandemic, we are hopeful that 2022 will allow opportunities to more fully re-engage with our IHPI colleagues. Click the button below to learn more about IHPI’s commitment to creatively utilizing our workspaces in a new hybrid environment, in order to promote collaborative research opportunities for IHPI members across campus.
Deadline: January 11, 2022

IHPI invites nominations for the annual IHPI Policy Impact Award (formerly the Impact Accelerator Award), which recognizes members' work that has had an impact on health policy or practice at the local, state, national, or global level. The award is available to IHPI members regardless of career stage and across all U-M schools, colleges, and disciplines. The recipient(s) will be recognized at the annual IHPI Member Forum, receive $2,000 in their faculty account, and work closely with the IHPI Policy Engagement Team to showcase and disseminate their work.
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Groundbreaking research, innovation, and intellectual energy
According to new data from the National Poll on Healthy Aging, nearly one in three older adults plan to pack their bags for a long trip far from home in the next year. But among those ready to hit the road, many said they would take into consideration local COVID-19 case rates at their destination, and potentially change travel plans if rates spiked there. 
New results from the National Poll on Healthy Aging show that many people over 50 have found joy and stayed resilient amid the pandemic, but a sizable minority have felt a lot of stress. Stress levels were highest among those who said their overall physical or mental health is fair or poor and those with the lowest incomes.
Sue Anne Bell, Ph.D., M.S.N., M.Sc, FNP-BC, assistant professor of nursing, testified before the Senate Special Committee on Aging during a hearing titled “Inclusive Disaster Management: Improving Preparedness, Response, and Recovery.” Bell studies disaster preparedness and policy and the health effects of disasters on aging.
Sue Anne Bell
In 2018, the U.S. heart transplant allocation system was modified with the goal of improving access to heart transplants. This brief, authored by IHPI members Thomas M. Cascino, M.D., M.Sc., clinical lecturer of internal medicine, and Donald S. Likosky, Ph.D., professor of cardiac surgery, examines the impact of this policy change and equity in transplant access among patients at the greatest risk of pre-transplant death.
Member achievements, awards, 
and appointments
Just before the pandemic began, IHPI Director John Z. Ayanian, M.D., M.P.P., was named a Distinguished University Professor, one of the highest honors that the University of Michigan can bestow upon faculty. He and two of his fellow honorees gave their lectures on November 3, 2021 in an event at the Michigan League and streamed online. 
Amy Cohn
Cohn appointed chief transformation officer
Amy Cohn, Ph.D., professor of engineering, has been appointed as Michigan Medicine’s Chief Transformation Officer, in addition to her current role as Professor and Faculty Director of the Center for Healthcare Engineering and Patient Safety (CHEPS). Cohn will lead a health care operational engineering team that will collaborate with executive leadership to define project priorities, provide rapid response to critical operational events, and improve outcomes by studying and implementing process re-design and enhancements. 
Sarma named assistant dean
The Medical School Executive Committee has approved the appointment of Aruna V. Sarma, Ph.D., M.H.A., research professor of urology, as assistant dean for research faculty in the Medical School, effective December 1, 2021. In her new role, Sarma will lead Michigan Medicine efforts in developing and promoting research track faculty members.
Aruna Sarma
Thirteen IHPI members received named professorships during Board of Regents meetings in the past year.
Somers receives scholar award
Emily Somers
Emily Somers, Ph.D., Sc.M., professor of internal medicine, received the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Association of Rheumatology Professionals (ARP). This award is presented each year to an ARP member who demonstrates exceptional achievements in scholarly activities pertinent to arthritis and rheumatic diseases.
Wallace and Valley receive early career awards
Beth Wallace, M.D., assistant professor of internal medicine, and Thomas Valley, M.D., M.Sc., assistant professor of internal medicine, are the 2021 recipients of the Michigan Medicine Department of Internal Medicine Early Career Awards. They join seven other IHPI members who were among the first nine recipients of this award in 2018, 2019, and 2020.

This year, Laurence F. McMahon, M.D., M.P.H., professor of internal medicine, was honored by having one of the awards named in his honor: the Laurence F. McMahon M.D., Early Career Endowment Award.
Beth Wallace
Thomas Valley
Laurence McMahon
Learn something new
Education, training, grants, and skill building
Michael Englesbe, M.D., professor of surgery and medical portfolio director of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Collaborative Quality Initiatives, describes the mission and operational highlights of the CQI portfolio. He also explains some of the available data and patient recruitment opportunities and highlights successful NIH grants that use the platform. 
Minal Patel, Ph.D., M.P.H., associate professor of public health, has created a new Michigan Online MOOC series that addresses the sociological contributions and historical backdrop of why racial inequities exist in health care and analyzes approaches to achieving equity in health care.
Award: $20,000
Deadline: January 31, 2022

The NIHCM Foundation Health Care Research Award recognizes outstanding published work from researchers furthering innovation in health care financing, delivery, and organization or the implementation of health care policy. Entries must originally have been published in 2021.
Award: $75,000
Deadlines: January 19, April 13, and August 10, 2022

The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network Investigator Initiated Research Program supports doctoral-level researchers who focus on applied projects designed to improve the quality, cost, and accessibility of health care. The BCBSM Foundation aims for projects funded under this program to result in the creation of a manuscript suitable for submission to a peer-reviewed journal.
The Open Science Success Stories database compiles research articles, case studies, and other content, to demonstrate how open science benefits researchers and society. 

In the news
Our members making headlines
A new study led by Kao-Ping Chua, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of pediatrics, and Keith Kocher, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor of emergency medicine, found that the vast majority of patients treated for opioid overdoses in United States emergency departments don’t receive two potentially lifesaving medications before they leave the hospital or in the weeks soon after.
“SafERteens,” an evidence-based behavioral intervention, is designed to engage youth at this high-risk time and reduce their involvement with violence. Developed in 2006 by Rebecca Cunningham, M.D., professor of emergency medicine, and Maureen Walton, Ph.D., M.P.H., professor of psychiatry, the intervention is designed for a trained therapist to work with a teen for 30 minutes during their emergency department visit to identify positive life goals and ways they can reduce their own involvement in violence.
In the race to harness medical data for artificial intelligence tools and personalized health care, a new study, led by Kayte Spector-Bagdady, J.D., M.B.E., assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, shows how easily unintentional design bias can affect those efforts. The study also points to specific ways to increase the chances that patients who are traditionally underrepresented in research can be included in the massive banks of genetic samples and data from digital medical records.
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Events that connect and engage
Date: Thursday, December 16
Time: 4:005:00 p.m.
Speaker: Julie Bynum, M.D., M.P.H., Professor, Internal Medicine, Geriatric and Palliative Medicine, Medical School

Dr. Bynum will discuss the multitude of levers from a public and population health lens for intervening to reduce the population impact of dementia and discuss the importance of understanding the current scientific disease constructs for cognitive impairment and dementia for clarity across disciplines and stakeholders. The talk will close by introducing some NIH grant-supported initiatives to advance population and healthcare delivery research in Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia.
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Deadline: January 11, 2022
Meeting Date: June 47, 2022

Share your work with health services researchers, policy analysts, clinicians, and community leaders using evidence and data to improve health and health care for all. The AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting (ARM) is the gathering place for thousands of individuals leading the charge to transform delivery systems and health care in a rapidly changing landscape.
Browse upcoming seminars, lectures, and conferences, and catch recaps of past events from the archives.
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To carry out our ambitious mission, our efforts are focused in four areas:
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