November/December 2021
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According to new data from the National Poll on Healthy Aging, nearly one in three older adults plans to pack their bags for a long trip far from home in the next year. But among those ready to hit the road, many said they would take into consideration local COVID-19 case rates at their destination, and potentially change travel plans if rates spiked there.  
Sue Anne Bell, Ph.D., M.S.N., M.Sc, FNP-BC, assistant professor of nursing, testified before the Senate Special Committee on Aging during a hearing titled “Inclusive Disaster Management: Improving Preparedness, Response, and Recovery.” Bell studies disaster preparedness and policy and the health effects of disasters on aging. 
Sue Anne Bell
Minal Patel, Ph.D., M.P.H., associate professor of public health, has created a new Michigan Online MOOC series that addresses the sociological contributions and historical backdrop of why racial inequities exist in health care and analyzes approaches to achieving equity in health care.
In 2018, the U.S. heart transplant allocation system was modified with the goal of improving access to heart transplants. This brief, authored by IHPI members Thomas M. Cascino, M.D., M.Sc., clinical lecturer of internal medicine, and Donald S. Likosky, Ph.D., professor of cardiac surgery, examines the impact of this policy change and equity in transplant access among patients at the greatest risk of pre-transplant death.
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A new study led by Kao-Ping Chua, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of pediatrics, and Keith Kocher, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor of emergency medicine, found that the vast majority of patients treated for opioid overdoses in United States emergency departments don’t receive two potentially lifesaving medications before they leave the hospital or in the weeks soon after.
"SafERteens,” an evidence-based behavioral intervention, is designed to engage youth at this high-risk time and reduce their involvement with violence. Developed in 2006 by Rebecca Cunningham, M.D., professor of emergency medicine, and Maureen Walton, Ph.D., M.P.H., professor of psychiatry, the intervention is designed for a trained therapist to work with a teen for 30 minutes during their emergency department visit to identify positive life goals and ways they can reduce their own involvement in violence.
In the race to harness medical data for artificial intelligence tools and personalized health care, a new study, led by Kayte Spector-Bagdady, J.D., M.B.E., assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, shows how easily unintentional design bias can affect those efforts. The study also points to specific ways to increase the chances that patients who are traditionally underrepresented in research can be included in the massive banks of genetic samples and data from digital medical records.
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