October 2021
IHPI expands staff roles for strategic initiatives and education programs
Over the last five years, as the Institute’s faculty membership has grown, we have continued to strategically expand and refine the services and programs we offer to help our researchers work more efficiently, productively, and collaboratively. To this end, we are pleased to announce a new framework and alignment for the Strategic Initiatives & Education Programs domain, including two new staff roles

Erica Solway, Ph.D., M.S.W., M.P.H, has been promoted to manager for Signature Initiatives & Partnerships. In this role, she will provide oversight for the Healthy Michigan Plan evaluation, National Poll on Healthy Aging, the IHPI Clinician Scholars Program, and other established IHPI initiatives and will also serve as a key liaison for partnerships with MDHHS, AARP, CHRT, and others.

Emilee Coulter-Thompson, L.M.S.W., has accepted the position of manager, Research & Education Innovation. She will focus on catalyzing and implementing strategic research initiatives as well as overseeing the institute’s education and training programs and grant development services. Emilee will join the IHPI staff team on November 29. 
The Office of the President, in collaboration with the Offices of Government Relations and Vice President for Research, is seeking nominations for the President's Award for National and State Leadership and the President's Award for Public Impact. These awards honor sustained faculty leadership that creates and impacts change for the benefit of our local, state, national, and global communities.

The deadline for nominations is December 10.

Dr. John Ayanian: The Quest for Health Equity

November 3
4:00−6:00 pm
In 2019, IHPI director John Z. Ayanian, M.D., M.P.P., professor of internal medicine, was named a University of Michigan Distinguished University Professor, one of the university's top honors. 

He will deliver his pandemic-delayed DUP address along with two other recent honorees, at an event that offers both in-person and live-stream attendance options. 
An Amazon wish list has been set up for donations. All items donated through the wish list will be delivered to the House by the Side of the Road. Donations are accepted through Monday, November 15.

Thank you, partners:
Cancer Center, Cardiac Surgery, Center for Healthcare Outcomes & Policy, C-STAR, Department of Communications, Early College Alliance at Eastern Michigan University, East Ann Arbor Health Center, Emerson School, Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research, Michigan Integrated Center for Health Analytics and Medical Prediction, Michigan Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons Quality Collaborative, MPOG - The Multicenter Perioperative Outcomes Group, School of Social Work Curtis Center for Health Equity, UH/CVC, and UMMG Ambulatory Care Services.
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Millions of older adults have hypertension or other chronic health conditions that especially benefit from blood pressure (BP) monitoring between clinic visits. A new National Poll on Healthy Aging poll finds less than half of people in this group regularly check their blood pressure at home or in other places outside the health care system.  
John Piette, Ph.D., M.S., professor of public health, discusses how classroom learning has adapted to the pandemic, why prioritizing mental health and well-being is critical, and how focusing on beneficial skills can create a sense of control in the midst of so much uncertainty. 
The Center to Accelerate Population Research in Alzheimer’s (CAPRA) has launched a new podcast, Minding Memory, co-hosted by Donovan Maust, M.D., M.S., associate professor of psychiatry, and Matthew Davis, Ph.D., M.P.H., associate professor of nursing. Researchers discuss their work and answer questions about data and methods that are advancing knowledge about Alzheimer's disease and other related dementias.
Member achievements, awards, 
and appointments
Women in Thyroidology
Megan Haymart, M.D., professor of internal medicine, has been elected as the Women in Thyroidology (WIT) Woman of the Year. This honor recognizes an individual who has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to mentoring and advancing women in the organization and in the thyroid field. 

Maria Papaleontiou, M.D., assistant professor of internal medicine, was elected WIT President-elect. She will help guide and foster women’s advancement and promote professional and personal growth in the thyroid field.
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Education, training, grants, and skill building
Deadline: December 3, 2021
Amount: Up to $40,000
The Center to Accelerate Population Research in Alzheimer’s (CAPRA) offers pilot award funding for early and established investigators studying Alzheimer's Disease and related dementias. The CAPRA Pilot Core is seeking novel, population-based pilot projects that aim to reduce the health and financial burden of dementia and improve government and healthcare organization policy.
Deadline: December 8, 2021

Nominations are now open for the NAM Emerging Leaders in Health and Medicine Scholars (ELHM). The ELHM Program seeks to increase NAM’s engagement with exceptional early- to mid-career professionals working in biomedical science, population health, health care, health policy, and related fields. Scholars receive mentorship from NAM leadership and members, participate in NAM activities, and exchange ideas with each other and field leaders across sectors and disciplines.
Musculoskeletal Health Services and Clinical Research Group
The new Musculoskeletal Health Services and Clinical Research (MSK HS & CR) Group was created to bring together faculty across multiple specialties with a musculoskeletal interest, including orthopaedic surgery, plastic surgery, rheumatology, physical medicine, and rehabilitation, family medicine, radiology, and kinesiology. The group meets once a month (virtually) to discuss proposals and ideas at various stages of development (i.e. concepts, specific aims, resubmissions, etc.).

To join the mailing list and/or present, please email Bryant W. Oliphant, MD, MBA, MSc, FACS, or Joel Gagnier, N.D., Ph.D., M.Sc.
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Enrollees in Michigan's Medicaid expansion program, the Healthy Michigan Plan, from multiple racial and ethnic backgrounds say their health has improved and they have access to regular care through a doctor’s office, according to a study published in Health Affairs and the Healthy Michigan Plan Evaluation Team at IHPI. The improvements were especially pronounced among low-income white, Black and Latino enrollees.
Black COVID-19 patients had the least physician follow-up and the longest delays in returning to work, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association and led by Sheria Robinson-Lane, Ph.D., M.H.A., M.S., R.N., assistant professor of nursing.
Depression and anxiety in pregnant women may be connected to the type of delivery they have, according to a study published in Health Affairs and led by Vanessa Dalton, M.D., M.P.H., professor of obstetrics and gynecology. 

Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders have already been associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes like low birth weight and preterm birth. And now, a new Michigan Medicine study finds that they may also be linked to significantly higher rates of first-time cesarean deliveries among women who were otherwise at low risk of having one.
An analysis of Medicare data led by Chad Ellimoottil, M.D., M.S., professor of urology, shows about one in six doctor’s office visits by older Americans no longer takes place in an actual doctor’s office, but rather online or over the phone. The report also shows about a third of rural older adults had at least one virtual visit in 2020, compared with nearly half of their counterparts in suburban and urban areas.
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