May 2022
The Institute named Allison Lin, M.D., M.Sc., assistant professor of psychiatry, and Michael Sjoding, M.D., M.Sc., assistant professor of internal medicine, as the 2021 recipients of the Policy Impact Award. Lin was recognized for her work improving access to substance use disorder treatment, and Sjoding for his work in identifying racial bias in medical technology. 
On May 19, the Institute, in partnership with AARP, hosted a webinar to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the National Poll on Healthy Aging (NPHA). A panel of experts on agingLouise Aronson, M.D., M.F.A., Elderhood author and geriatrician, Vijeth Iyengar, Ph.D., AARP's director of global aging, and Preeti Malani, M.D., M.S., M.S.J., NPHA director,
U-M Chief Health Officer, and professor of internal medicine─discussed the latest research and opportunities to enhance health as we age.
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According to a new National Poll on Healthy Aging, less than 50% of older women who are sexually active and experiencing menopause-related symptoms have talked to their health care provider about those symptoms or treatment options.
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Participation in organized and group activities may play a key role in preventing firearm aggression among youth who have been exposed to violence or violent behaviors, according to a new study led by Marc Zimmerman, Ph.D., M.S., professor of public health and co-director of the U-M Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention
A new study led by Lauren Gerlach, D.O., M.S., assistant professor of psychiatry, shows massive variations in which hospice patients actually get antipsychotics or benzodiazepines for end-of-life symptoms. And that variation has much more to do with which hospice agency they are being treated by, and much less to do with their actual medical condition.
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