A new analysis from the National Poll on Healthy Aging suggests that nearly one in five older adults don’t have the ability to isolateand that those who are Hispanic or Black, or who have lower incomes or poor health to begin with, are more likely to lack a safe isolation place in their home. Authors Andrew Ibrahim, M.D., M.Sc., Upali Nanda, Ph.D., and Preeti Malani, M.D., M.S., M.S.J., noted how important ‘built environment’ housing and local outdoor public spaces are to the health of older adults. 
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, many people were concerned about their access to health care. But as the pandemic began to unfold Medicare allowed patients to connect with clinicians from home. In this compilation video, Chad Ellimoottil, M.D., M.S., assistant professor of urology and director of IHPI's Telehealth Research Initiative, sheds light on how U-M is researching ways to improve virtual care and make it more accessible to all. 
Speaker: Emily Martin, Ph.D., M.P.H., Associate Professor of Epidemiology, U-M School of Public Health 
On February 18, the U-M Board of Regents approved Srijan Sen, M.D., Ph.D., professor of psychiatry, as the new director of the U-M Depression Center, effective January 1, 2021. Sen has led efforts to understand the role of stress, sleep, and genetics in the risk of depression and suicide. 
Carter recently named Injury Prevention Center director
Patrick Carter, M.D., associate professor of emergency medicine, was named as the director of the CDC-funded University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center and part of the leadership team for the NICHD-funded Firearm Safety among Children and Teens (FACTS) Consortium. 
Amir Ghaferi, M.D., M.S., associate professor of surgery, and co-authors discuss how surgery contributes to greenhouse gas, solid waste, and pollution generation in a commentary published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine Catalyst. The team outlines a framework for surgery departments to move toward a “triple bottom line”—considering environmental, financial, and social factors in their operations—in order to be more sustainable. 
A popular treatment for peripheral arterial disease is less effective and more expensive than other options. Study author Nicholas Osborne, M.D., M.S., assistant professor of surgery, teamed up with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the Michigan Value Collaborative, part of the Collaborative Quality Initiatives (CQI) at Michigan Medicine, to improve the care of patients with vascular disease in Michigan and bring the state toward higher-value vascular care. 
Date: Friday, February 26, 2021
Time: 10:00−11:30 am
Preeti Malani, M.D., M.S., M.S.J., is the director of the National Poll on Healthy Aging, which taps into the perspectives of adults age 50-80 from throughout the U.S. on a variety of topics, including loneliness and health. Lindsay Kobayashi, Ph.D., M.Sc., assistant professor of epidemiology, leads the COVID-19 Coping Study, which examines the estimated prevalence of loneliness among US older adults amid the pandemic and identifies key sociodemographic characteristics and health-related factors that are associated with loneliness. 
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Black COVID-19 survivors experience worse outcomes related to care access, recovery, and social and economic factors when compared to their white counterparts, according to research led by Nancy Fleischer, Ph.D., M.P.H., associate professor of epidemiology. Researchers hope data from the study will inform future response and health equity efforts for the ongoing pandemic as well as future public health crises. 
While most adults over 50 understand that overuse of antibiotics is a problem, many have used antibiotics for something other than their original purpose. The findings, contained in a new paper in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, come from a national poll of people between the ages of 50 and 80 carried out as part of the National Poll on Healthy Aging from authors Preeti Malani, M.D., M.S., M.S.J., professor of internal medicine, and Jeff Kullgren, M.D., M.P.H., M.S., associate professor of internal medicine. 
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