IHPI Informs
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JULY 2020

IHPI has been conducting an independent evaluation of the Healthy Michigan Plan (HMP) for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. This brief highlights findings on the impact of HMP in its first five years.

Ageism plays out in day-to-day interactions and messaging, and those experiencing it are more likely to have worse physical and mental health. A new National Poll on Healthy Aging finds that everyday ageism is common in the lives of Americans over 50.


As lawmakers and educators reimagine the K-12 model for fall, an online survey led by Kao-Ping Chua, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of pediatrics, assessed parents' plans in Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio for in-person school and support for 15 potential measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 in schools. The online survey included 1,193 parents and guardians of public school children.

This report was the result of a recent IHPI Policy Sprint. Chua and his team were one of four COVID-19 sprint awardees.

John Ayanian, M.D., M.P.P., director of IHPI, was recently interviewed for
Top of Mind, a publication that dives into macro developments for executives and policymakers. Ayanian's interview focused on work around racial gaps in healthcare and how to improve the quality of care in order to eliminate racial disparities on a broader scale. Read the article here. Listen to the interview at minutes 18 to 26 of the podcast to the right.

Patients who received a single intravenous dose of tocilizumab were also more likely to leave the hospital or be off a ventilator within a month, despite double the risk of additional infection, according to new research published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases by lead author Emily Somers, Ph.D., Sc.M., associate professor of internal medicine.

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Pandemic historians, including Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D., professor of pediatrics, who showed the power of efforts to 'flatten the curve' say it will take all-out effort by individuals, industry and elected officials to reduce death and suffering until vaccines are available.


With the coronavirus risk, many therapy sessions have moved online to video calls. Adrienne Lapidos, Ph.D., clinical assistant professor of psychiatry, discusses the new opportunities ---- and risks ---- of teletherapy.



A new study shows that middle-aged people living in the U.S. today have worse health than their English counterparts ---- and that the difference in health between rich and poor is much larger on the American side of the Atlantic.

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