March 2018 EDITION
Surgeon General emphasizes partnership & innovation in U-M visit

Medical and public health professionals must partner more effectively with law enforcement, public officials, the business community, the faith community, and others to make headway in the national opioid crisis and other pressing health issues. Those partnerships should take shape not in a prescriptive way from health experts, but rather evolve from mutual understanding and common goals. That was the key message that U.S. Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H., brought to Michigan during a daylong visit to the U-M campus organized by IHPI.

Social, public health services crucial in fight against HIV/AIDS

Patients at risk for HIV need to be linked to services ---- such as mental health and syringe exchange programs ---- that will help them stay in care, adhere to medication, and avoid reinfection, a new University of Michigan study suggests.

The study, published in Health Education & Behavior, highlights the crucial role of providers of social and public health services in helping patients to access lifesaving HIV services, said  RogĂ©rio Pinto, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., associate professor and associate dean for research in the School of Social Work and the study's lead author.  

C.S. Mott Poll: Social media makes it both easier and more challenging to parent tweens

As children hit the "tween" stage between early elementary grades and the teenage years, parents may struggle balancing the need for independence with appropriate supervision, a new national poll suggests.

Nearly all parents of tweens ages 9 -- 12 agree that social media makes it easier for kids to get in trouble. But 61 percent also felt that social media helps parents keep track of tweens, according to a new report from the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health at the University of Michigan.

The Surprising Effect of Social Connections on Eye Health

Close family relationships and a strong social network may help older adults see the world better ---- literally.

Writing in JAMA Ophthalmology, eye doctors at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center link such networks with the likelihood of older adults getting cataract surgery. 

"It may get to a point that it takes people around them to speak up about their changing vision," says study author Brian Stagg, M.D., an ophthalmologist and IHPI Clinical Scholar who studies access to eye care.

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Advancing the profession and sustainability of community health workers

A new issue brief published by the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation (CHRT) and authored by IHPI members Edith C. Kieffer Ph.D., M.P.H., professor of social work, and Marianne Udow-Phillips, M.H.S.A., executive director of CHRT, and others, focused on the ways State Innovation Model (SIM) grants have helped regions across the nation integrate community health workers into their healthcare systems. The brief enumerates the challenges states and health systems will need to overcome as they seek to develop a sustainable revenue stream for this work, to advance the community health worker profession, and to amplify the impact.

Three recent JAMA Viewpoint articles published

IHPI members recently authored three Journal of the American Medical Association Viewpoint articles. All three articles were published on March 20, 2018.

Gupta Family Hackathon spurs health communication innovation

On a Friday afternoon, they were complete strangers. By Sunday afternoon, they had created 30 new solutions to real-world problems related to health communication, from apps and websites to devices and electronic medical record innovations. Four of those ideas emerged as winners, but all hold the potential to keep moving forward toward real-world application.

The frenzy of innovative activity, lasting late into Saturday night, happened as part of the first-ever Gupta Family Hackathon for Health Communication.

Organized by IHPI with support from U-M alumni Sanjay Gupta, M.D., and his wife Rebecca, the event brought together more than 120 students and professionals from U-M and other higher-education institutions, as well as community members. Two dozen U-M faculty members and business leaders offered their time over the weekend as expert mentors.

The Affordable Care Act: Where do we go from here?

Gilbert Omenn and Martha A. Darling Health Policy Fund talks at the U-M Ford School of Public Policy 

Date: April 04, 2018
Time: 4:00 -- 5:30 p.m.
Location: Weill Hall, Annenberg Auditorium, 735 S. State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Free and open to the public. Reception to follow.

Panelists will include:
Gail Wilensky, Ph.D., economist and senior fellow at Project HOPE
Jonathan Cohn, Senior National Correspondent at HuffPost
John Ayanian, M.D., M.P.P., director of the U-M Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation; Alice Hamilton Collegiate Professor of Internal Medicine, and professor of health management and policy, and public policy

Paula Lantz, Ph.D., M.S., M.A., associate dean for academic affairs and professor of public policy at the U-M Ford School
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U-M's historical connection to the U.S. Surgeon General's office: Work in tobacco and health

In 1989, U-M School of Public Health Professor Kenneth Warner, Ph.D., M.Phil., served as senior scientific editor of the 25th anniversary Surgeon General's report on smoking and health. His Congressional testimony in 1985 helped solidify federal taxation as a smoking disincentive.

See more historic milestones in U-M health services research and policy.
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