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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

One in four older Americans had a virtual medical visit in the first three months of the COVID-19 pandemic, most of them by video, a new National Poll on Healthy Aging finds. That's much higher than the 4% of people over 50 who said they had ever had a virtual visit with a doctor in a similar poll taken in 2019.

Yet not all older adults see virtual care as an adequate substitute for in-person care, even in a pandemic.

Research & Policy

One in three Americans with a high-deductible health plan lack a health savings account. A new IHPI brief outlines policy options that could increase their uptake and help Americans navigate rising health care costs.


Launched shortly after Michigan's first COVID-19 case was confirmed in March 2020, the COVID-19 Rapid Response Registry serves as a resource for researchers to analyze treatment trends and effects, hospital-level projections, and to assess future research questions. In this Q&A, Emily Somers, Ph.D., Sc.M., associate professor of internal medicine, discusses her team's development of the registry.


Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has appointed Justin B. Dimick, M.D., M.P.H., to the Certificate of Need Commission, a state regulatory program intended to balance the cost and quality of, and access to Michigan's health care system. Dimick's appointment, announced on August 7, 2020, will last three years until April 9, 2023.

As part of the university's continued commitment to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion, four U-M professors have been named recipients of the University Diversity and Social Transformation Professorship. Amy Schulz, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S.W., professor of health behavior and health education at the School of Public Health, is among the four selected this year.


The Board of Directors of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) on May 21, 2020, elected as its newest member Gilbert S. Omenn, M.D., Ph.D., professor of computational medicine and bioinformatics.

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NIH biosketches used to rely mainly on publications to demonstrate productivity and impact. New sections have been added in recent years to allow for a fuller picture of applicant experiences and contributions. The following resources may help boost your biosketch:

The R01 Boot Camp will have a new start date for the 2021 cohort, beginning in August/September 2021. Applications will be available via the IHPI website in early 2021. IHPI looks forward to working with the Medical School to continue to offer this successful program to our member faculty, with a new schedule that aligns the program with the academic calendar.

Friday, Sept. 25
10:00 am--- 12:00 pm
Registration required

This workshop will discuss strategies for developing a persuasive grant proposal that is responsive to sponsor priorities. Focusing on proposals that are driven by a hypothesis and/or research question, this workshop will offer an overview of crucial pre-proposal preparation, from assessing readiness to analyzing funders to understanding the review process.
National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) provides an interactive map to show how states collect data, report, and act on COVID-19 racial and ethnic disparities. This resource offers a way to monitor what initiatives states are taking to address race and health inequities.

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August 28, 12:00 --  1:00 pm

Join IHPI communications team member Kara Gavin to ask questions, get advice and discuss best practices for health services researchers on Twitter. This is a "safe space" for any question about using this social media platform to disseminate your work and expertise.

August 31--- September 2

This virtual, interactive conference aims to uplift and amplify the community of clinicians doing health justice work in primary care settings in Southeastern Michigan. Caring for Communities of Color, a U-M Medical School student organization, is organizing the conference to educate future healthcare professionals and build a longitudinal network of care clinicians centering the health needs of communities of color in their practice.

September 1, 4:00 --   5:00 pm

The Michigan Program on Value Enhancement (MPrOVE) will host Vivian S. Lee, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A, president of health platforms at Verily Life Sciences, to discuss ideas from her new book, The Long Fix: Solving America's Health Care Crisis with Strategies that Work for Everyone

September 14, 1:00 --   3:00 pm

This virtual forum will examine what we have learned from the disproportionate impacts that COVID-19 has had on communities of color and the underlying factors, both within and external to the health care system, that have fueled these results.

September 25, 1:00 --   2:00 pm

Presenter: Chad Ellimoottil, M.D., M.S., Assistant Professor, Department of Urology, Medical School

October 2, 8:30 am --  12:30 pm

The U-M Center for Disability Health and Wellness' (CDHW) virtual Disability Research Symposium will consist of TEDx Style presentations highlighting the diverse disability research being conducted at the University of Michigan. Presentations will be grouped around common themes and will be followed by breakout groups to facilitate networking and discussion.

U-M faculty, staff, students, and trainees are invited to submit presentation abstracts by Monday, August 31, 2020.

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Over the last year, Jade Burns, Ph.D., R.N., CPNP-PC, assistant professor of health behavior and biological sciences at the U-M School of Nursing, has been leading community-centered research in Detroit as part of a dynamic project to improve health education, access, and outcomes for young Black men in urban communities.


The timeliness of mail delivery may affect access to medication for many middle-aged and older adults, according to a new analysis of data from the National Poll on Healthy Aging.

In a new study published in JAMA Pediatrics, lead author Kao-Ping Chua, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of pediatrics, found that capping the amount patients pay out-of-pocket for insulin could substantially improve affordability for many with
type 1 diabetes.


A Rogel Cancer Center team led by Reshma Jagsi, M.D., D.Phil., professor of radiation oncology, created a guide to help providers navigate difficult conversations due to the coronavirus. The team published their guidelines online in April, when COVID-19 was peaking in Michigan, and remains available to providers.

The summer 2020 issue of Medicine at Michigan magazine covers the experiences of frontline heroes who have led Michigan Medicine's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Vineet Chopra, M.D., M.Sc., Valerie Vaughn, M.D., M.Sc., and Mahshid Abir, M.D., M.Sc. share their stories.

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