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Guest Speakers:
  • Jonathan Cohn, Senior National Correspondent at the Huffington Post
  • John McDonough, Dr.PH., M.P.A., Professor of Practice, Department of Health Policy & Management and Director of Executive and Continuing Professional Education at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Marianne Udow-Phillips, M.H.S.A., Founding Executive Director of the
    Center for Health and Research Transformation
  • Gail Wilensky, Ph.D., Senior Fellow at Project Hope

Staying close to home and avoiding crowded places can help older adults reduce their risk of COVID-19. But a new report from the National Poll on Healthy Aging suggests it comes with a cost, especially for those with health challenges. In June of this year, 56% of people over the age of 50 said they sometimes or often felt isolated from others---- more than double the 27% who felt that way in a similar poll in 2018.

Healthy aging in the time of COVID: Two webinars offer evidence-based expertise and insights

As part of an ongoing series of webinars intended to help members of the public connect with U-M experts virtually during the time of COVID-19, several IHPI members discussed topics and research findings related to healthy aging in two events in September 2020.

Featured experts: John Ayanian, M.D., M.P.P., director of IHPI and professor of internal medicine; Preeti Malani, M.D., M.S., M.S.J., director of the National Poll on Healthy Aging and a professor of internal medicine; Julie Bynum, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Center to Accelerate Population Research in Alzheimer's and a professor of internal medicine; and Donovan Maust, M.D., M.S., associate director of geriatric psychiatry and associate professor of psychiatry.

Featured experts: John M. Carethers, M.D., professor and chair, Department of Internal Medicine; Raymond Yung, M.B., Ch.B., Director, Geriatrics Center and Institute of Gerontology, and Chief of the Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine; Lona Mody, M.D., Associate Chief, Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine Director, U-M Pepper Center Pilot and Exploratory Studies Core; Grace Jenq, M.D., Associate Professor of Internal Medicine; and Adam Marks, M.D., MPH, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics.

New grants totaling more than $15 million will amplify the University of Michigan's ability to conduct research on aging and to help identify and address issues facing older adults today and into the future. U-M is now home to six aging research centers funded by the National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health. Julie Bynum, M.D., M.P.H., professor of internal medicine, received a new $4.3 million NIA center grant for Alzheimer's research.

In this seminar given September 25 at the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI), Chad Ellimoottil, M.D., M.S., assistant professor of urology, describes the rise of telehealth before and after the COVID-19 pandemic, with a focus on data from Michigan Medicine, U-M's academic medical center.

A new Health Affairs article explores the relationship between CMS financial incentives and hospital participation in a voluntary advanced alternative payment program. The study, led by Nicholas Berlin, M.D., M.P.H., and Andrew Ryan, Ph.D., M.A., found strong evidence that hospitals participate in voluntary payment models when it is in their financial interest to do so.

COVID-19: What our experts are saying

America's teens and young adults have a crucial role in containing the spread of COVID-19, but a series of U-M youth surveys suggests that many want clearer advice on how to safely live their lives.


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It saved lives in past epidemics of lung-damaging viruses. Now, the life-support option known as ECMO appears to be doing the same for many of the critically ill COVID-19 patients who receive it, according to a new international study. 


October 8, 4:00---5:00 pm


Presenter: Preeti Malani, M.D., M.S., M.S.J., U-M Chief Health Officer,
and Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Medical School

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