April 2023
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Amy Bohnert, Ph.D., M.H.S., professor of anesthesiology, and Chad Brummett, M.D., professor of anesthesiology, were appointed co-directors of the new U-M Opioid Research Institute. The Office of the Vice President for Research and the Medical School’s Office of Research have jointly committed $3 million over the next three years to bolster research collaborations and community engagement to address the national opioid overdose crisis.
IHPI announced Sue Anne Bell, Ph.D., FNP-BC, FAAN, assistant professor of nursing, and Karandeep Singh, M.D., M.M.Sc., assistant professor of learning health sciences and urology, as the recipients of its annual Policy Impact Award in recognition of their significant level of engagement with health policy and practice stakeholders.

Bell was honored for her leadership in improving federal disaster preparedness and response efforts for older adults and people with disabilities. Singh was recognized for his sustained efforts to evaluate and improve clinical prediction models that leverage electronic health record data to help medical staff nationwide more quickly diagnose conditions such as sepsis.
Oluwaferanmi Oyedeji Okanlami, M.D., assistant professor of family medicine, was appointed as a council member of The President’s Council on Sports, Fitness, & Nutrition, a federal advisory committee that aims to educate, engage, and empower all Americans to adopt a healthy lifestyle.
Kara Zivin, Ph.D., M.S., M.A., M.F.A., professor of psychiatry, shared her maternal mental health expertise and experience during a National Governors Association's roundtable event in Detroit on April 19. Convened for New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s 2022-23 Chair’s Initiative on Strengthening Youth Mental Health, the event brought together governors, private sector leaders, and policy and subject matter experts for a conversation on the role of states in ensuring youth and maternal mental health care access, quality, and affordability.
Amy Cohn, Ph.D., professor of industrial and operations engineering, has won one of three Michigan Distinguished Professor of the Year awards from the Michigan Association of State Universities. This award recognizes faculty at Michigan’s 15 public universities who have had a significant impact on undergraduate learning.
In an April 26 episode of NPR's On Point podcast, Nick Bagley, J.D., professor of law, discussed the recent ruling by a federal judge that prevents the government from enforcing the Affordable Care Act's preventative services mandate, which requires insurers to cover certain preventative care services without asking patients to pay anything out of pocket.
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IHPI members making headlines
Black and Hispanic older adults whose annual income is slightly above the federal poverty level are more likely than their white peers to face cost-related barriers to accessing health care and filling medications for chronic conditions, according to new research by senior author Renu Tipirneni, M.D., M.Sc., assistant professor of internal medicine, and a team of colleagues from U-M and the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health.
A new study published in JAMA by lead author Kao-Ping Chua, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of pediatrics, shows the rate of people starting on buprenorphine remained flat from 2019 through 2022, while the percentage of patients who stayed on buprenorphine for at least six months hovered at just over 20% from 2016 through 2022. 
A study by senior author Christine Veenstra, M.D., M.S., associate professor of medical oncology, surveyed the partners of colorectal cancer patients and found the financial impact of a loved one’s diagnosis also affects the partner’s health-related quality of life.
About 39% of nurses in the state of Michigan say they intend to leave their jobs in the next year, according to a
U-M study led by Christopher Friese, Ph.D., R.N., AOCN, professor
of nursing.
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