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A new grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will allow the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to conduct a needs assessment of substance use disorder (SUD) treatment and recovery provider capacity for the state's Medicaid program. Michigan was one of 15 states to receive the CMS grant funding. MDHHS is partnering with IHPI to conduct the needs assessment. The evaluation will be led by Kara Zivin, Ph.D., M.S., M.A., U-M professor of psychiatry.

A new Center for Global Health Equity that will accelerate work by faculty, staff and students from across U-M schools, colleges, and institutes at all three campuses will be funded by a $10 million gift from Dr. Tadataka Yamada and Leslie Yamada. Dr. Yamada previously led U-M's Department of Internal Medicine in the 1990s before taking on leadership roles in two major pharmaceutical companies and the Gates Foundation.

Building on the Yamadas' vision, the center's initial concept was developed by a team led by Joseph Kolars, the Medical School's senior associate dean for education and global initiatives and director of its Global REACH program, and IHPI Director John Ayanian, who are working with faculty across the university to develop the concept further.

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A story in the Washington Post took a look at the evidence to date on the impact of the Affordable Care Act on the health of individuals ---- and shone the spotlight on a range of research published by IHPI teams.

Veteran health policy reporter Amy Goldstein wrote: "Michigan has emerged as a hub for understanding the ACA's effects on health because University of Michigan researchers have been rigorously evaluating the Healthy Michigan Plan, as the state calls its Medicaid expansion covering about 650,000 people."


The technology is there. The funding is nearly there. The health providers are getting there.

But according to a new report from the National Poll on Healthy Aging, people over 50 may not be quite ready to fully embrace virtual health visits (also known as telehealth) with their doctors and other providers.

New U-M studies published on firearm injury and death


In the first of two new studies led by senior author Rebecca Cunningham, M.D., professor of emergency medicine, used CDC data to document a 14% rise in firearm deaths across the nation from 2015 to 2017, after more than a decade of rates staying about the same. Cunningham and the research team also mapped state-by-state variations in overall trends, and in trends among members of different demographic groups.

The second study, led by Cunningham and Patrick Carter, M.D., assistant professor of emergency medicine, reviewed federal research funding for studies on different causes of death among children and teens, and finds that research on the second-leading cause of death (firearms) gets far less funding on a per-death basis than other causes.

RELATED: U-M to host national center for school safety, gun violence prevention

A new study led by Geoffrey Hoffman, Ph.D., M.P.H., and Lona Mody, M.D., M.Sc., showed patients discharged home or to home care were 38% more likely to return with a linked infection than those discharged to skilled nursing facilities.


While telehealth applications have been around for decades, advancements in technology are spurring a resurgence of interest in telehealth among patients, healthcare providers, policymakers, and health system leaders.

Chad Ellimoottil, M.D., M.S., director of the U-M Telehealth Research Incubator, explains telehealth's potential to bring greater value, quality, and access to healthcare delivery, and the important questions to consider in evaluating telehealth policies and implementation.

Donald Likosky, Ph.D., an associate professor of cardiology, calls himself a "basic scientist for healthcare delivery systems." Using a variety of health services research methods, his work focuses a figurative microscope on the structure of healthcare organizations to better understand variability in outcomes, with the goal of improving quality in cardiac surgery and other fields.

Rebecca Cunningham, M.D., professor of emergency medicine and director of the Injury Prevention Center, joins 15 other IHPI members in the National Academy of Medicine. She will be officially inducted in 2020.


This free course will empower non-prescribing providers and other learners in directly impacting the opioid epidemic through increased knowledge and tools to transform practice and policies.
The course will consider the opioid epidemic from several evidence-based strategies including prevention, intervention, education and policy.

This open learning course is designed primarily for non-prescribing healthcare, behavioral health, dental, public health, and social services professionals, as well as graduate level students in these fields.

As a learner, you will have the ability to select all modules or individual topics that interest you most. The course can be followed in a linear or non-linear structure according to your preferred viewing order.
Select your preferred learning platform to get started:


  • Epidemiology of the Opioid Crisis
  • Understanding of Pain and Drug Targeting
  • Prevention of Misuse and Abuse
  • Clinical Care and Population Health
  • Addiction Treatment, Recovery and Public Policy Impact

The University of Michigan Medical School designates this enduring material for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). The University of Michigan Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

This activity contributes to the CME component of the American Board of Anesthesiology's redesigned Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology (MOCA ®) program, known as MOCA 2.0 ®. Please consult the ABA website, www.theABA.org, for a list of all MOCA 2.0 requirements.

This course is approved by the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative-Approval #101619-02 for 15 CE hours. The Collaborative is the approving body for the Michigan Board of Social Work.
8:30 a.m. ---  4:30 p.m.
Rackham Graduate School
915 E. Washington Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Several IHPI members will present during this day of learning which leverages expertise from industry, academia, healthcare, and the social service sector regarding creative solutions for serving older adults.

1:00 ---  4:00 p.m.
Radisson Hotel Lansing
111 N. Grand Ave
Lansing, MI 48933

Featured IHPI Speaker:  Jeff Kullgren, M.D., M.P.H., M.S., U-M Assistant Professor of internal medicine and Associate Director of the National Poll on Healthy Aging

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To carry out our ambitious mission, our efforts are focused in four areas:

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  • Improving the health of communities
  • Promoting greater value in healthcare
  • Innovating in IT and healthcare delivery
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