April 2022
IHPI Director Dr. John Ayanian and Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Vice President and Chief Health Equity Officer at CVS Health, discussed the challenges of mobilizing public health responses to COVID-19 in the face of profound disparities during the 2022 IHPI Director's Lecture.
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New findings from the National Poll on Healthy Aging suggest many people in their 50s, 60s, and 70s need to do more to modify their homes or plan for services they may need if they want to avoid or delay needing to move. The poll also shows differences in aging-in-place readiness among the 28% of older adults who told the poll that they live alone.
Payal K. Patel, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of internal medicine, was appointed to serve on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria.
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Four IHPI member-led teams, chosen from many excellent proposals, will receive support for timely, policy-relevant projects that inform system-level solutions to advance health equity. Thanks to generous donor support, the awardees of the 2022 IHPI Policy Sprint initiative will receive up to $10,000 in funding, as well as guidance from the IHPI policy engagement and communications staff. 
Multiple IHPI members and senior trainees have given talks on topics related to healthy aging, or will soon do so (see list of upcoming talks), as part of a public online lecture series from U-M that began in January and continues through the end of May. IHPI and its National Poll on Healthy Aging are co-presenting the Art & Science of Successful Aging series, along with the Michigan Medicine Geriatrics Center and its Geriatrics Community Programs division.
Patrick Carter, M.D., associate professor of emergency medicine
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Firearms have surpassed motor vehicles as the leading cause of death among children and adolescents in the United States according to research published in The New England Journal of Medicine by Jason Goldstick, Ph.D., research associate professor of emergency medicine, Rebecca Cunningham, M.D., professor of emergency medicine, and Patrick Carter, M.D., associate professor of emergency medicine.
Nearly half of all older adults now die with a diagnosis of dementia listed on their medical record, up 36% from two decades ago, a new study led by Julie Bynum, M.D., M.P.H., professor of internal medicine, shows. But that sharp rise may have more to do with better public awareness, more detailed medical records and Medicare billing practices than an actual rise in the condition. 
A new study led by John Hollingsworth, M.D., M.S., professor of urology, and published in JAMA Health Forum, shows that Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) with higher percentages of members of racial and ethnic minority groups tended to have higher percentages of out-of-network primary care. That meant the patient’s routine care was delivered by a provider with no connection to the ACO, and therefore no potential financial benefit if they hit the quality benchmarks. 
Two new studies led by Tiffany Veinot, Ph.D., professor of information, uncover the barriers that both patients and providers face in understanding the costs for prescription medications and medical tests and the technology that could be used to close the gap.
The majority of 18-year-olds with severe substance use disorder symptoms who were followed in a longitudinal study over 32 years still had multiple substance use disorder symptoms as adults, according to a new study led by Sean Esteban McCabe, Ph.D., M.S.W., M.A., professor of nursing.
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May 19, 2022
1:00–2:30 p.m. ET
Join us for a webinar to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging, presented by the Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation and AARP. Distinguished national leaders will share the latest research and discuss opportunities to enhance health as we age. Presenters include:
Author, Geriatrician and Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco
Director of Global Aging, AARP
Director of the University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging, U-M Chief Health Officer, and Professor of Medicine 
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