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IHPI National Advisory Board offers strategic guidance

On October 25, we welcomed IHPI's National Advisory Board (NAB) to Ann Arbor for our fifth annual meeting. This year, the theme was "Striving for Local, National & Global Health Equity," and discussion throughout the day focused on new initiatives in global and rural health, community health worker partnerships in the City of Detroit, and harnessing momentum and resources to promote gender equity in healthcare.

The NAB continues to be impressed with IHPI's progress and with our members' engagement, and they offered valuable ideas for new strategic partnerships and other ways to disseminate our work for greater impact. We are grateful for the NAB's continued guidance on these priorities and our long-term vision and strategy for the institute.

John Z. Ayanian, M.D., M.P.P.

The new Michigan Safer Opioid Prescribing Toolkit offers evidence-based information for health care providers and patients, aiming to guide safe and effective use of opioid and non-opioid pain medication. It was created by the U-M Injury Prevention Center, in collaboration with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), and draws on work by U-M researchers and others.

A recent National Poll on Healthy Aging report revealed that despite widespread awareness of the problem of antibiotic resistance among older adults, one in five has taken leftover antibiotics without consulting a medical professional. Meanwhile, two in five expect an antibiotic prescription for a cold ---- even though the drugs don't work on these and other illnesses caused by viruses.

And while half of older Americans got help from the infection-fighting power of antibiotics in the past two years, a sizable minority didn't follow the instructions on their pill bottle, the poll finds.

As states across the country consider raising the legal tobacco sales age to 21 and over, researchers at U-M have conducted analyses to assess the potential effects if Michigan were to adopt such a policy. Their work provides insights into potential health and revenue implications, the views of young people, and lessons for implementation, drawing from case studies of several Ohio cities.

Related: Peter Polverini, D.D.S., D.M.Sc., professor of dentistry and Dean Emeritus of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, explains the need for dentists to address the long-term oral health risks of vaping especially in teens and young adults. Read more in Dentistry Today.
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A national program that penalizes health care institutions with high rates of hospital-acquired conditions does not improve patient safety, according to a University of Michigan study. The research was conducted at the state level but raises questions about the program's effectiveness at the national level.


Nearly half of Americans in their 50s and early 60s think they're likely to develop dementia as they grow older, but only 5% of them have actually talked with a doctor about what they could do to reduce their risk, a new study finds.

Meanwhile, a third or more say they're trying to stave off dementia by taking supplements or doing crossword puzzles ---- despite the lack of proof that such tactics work.


Eye doctors at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center developed a plan to help curb the nation's opioid epidemic ---- starting at their own clinic. The approach: Doctors in the cornea clinic would give patients fewer pills after surgery ---- the time when many people are first introduced to opioid medications. They would also talk to patients about the proper use of opioids and the associated risks.

The interventions showed fewer opioids could be prescribed without compromising pain control after surgeries such as cornea transplants and vision-correcting surgeries.


Michael Thompson, Ph.D. , focuses on understanding variations in cardiac surgical care across hospitals and providers, assessing the reasons behind these differences, and the impacts on patient outcomes. His research also evaluates the intended and unintended effects of regulation and health policy changes, highlighting opportunities to improve the value of care.

There are dramatic differences in cardiac arrest rates within intensive care units among children's hospitals. Last year, a quality improvement project was launched to unite pediatric heart experts at 19 participating hospitals across the country to improve outcomes for critically ill patients. Within six months of implementing best practices learned from model sites, cardiac arrest rates at participating hospitals dropped significantly, according to findings presented by Michael Gaies, M.D. M.P.H., M.S., associate professor of pediatric cardiology, at the American Heart Association meeting.


Thanks to earlier detection and better treatments, greater numbers of cancer survivors are now living longer lives. But high-quality survivorship care can be difficult to access and coordinate. Lauren Wallner, Ph.D., M.P.H., a cancer epidemiologist and health services researcher, discusses how her team is working to better understand and reduce gaps in care for for this growing population.


Presenter: Zara Cooper, M.D., M.Sc., FACS, Kessler Director, Center for Surgery and Public Health, Brigham and Women's Hospital; Associate Chair for Faculty Development, Department of Surgery, Brigham and Women's Hospital; and Associate Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School

4:00 p.m. ---  5:00 p.m.
NCRC Building 10 Research Auditorium
2800 Plymouth Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

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