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Marc Zimmerman, Ph.D., M.S., professor of health behavior and health education, and director of the Prevention Research Center and the Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center in the School of Public Health, will receive the President's Award for Public Impact. The award honors individuals whose research and expertise tangibly addresses a major public-sector challenge.


Jenna Wiens, Ph.D., assistant professor of computer science and electrical engineering, is among 126 early career researchers chosen by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to receive a 2020 Sloan Research Fellowship.

Waljee appointed associate editor for the journal Gut

Akbar Waljee, M.D., M.Sc., associate professor of internal medicine, was appointed the new associate editor for Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for Gut, the Journal of the British Society of Gastroenterology.


A new website will serve as a central hub for the U-M's effort to generate new knowledge and advance solutions toward reducing firearm injuries, a public health crisis linked to more than 100 U.S. deaths per day. The initiative, announced in 2019, engages the breadth of expertise across the University of Michigan.

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In a new proposed rule, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced support for a model to test the inclusion of University of Michigan-developed value-based insurance design principles in Qualified Health Plans.



New research published in JAMA Network and led by Karan R. Chhabra, M.D., M.Sc., finds that one in five patients who had undergone elective surgery performed by an in-network surgeon at an in-network hospital received an out-of-network bill, averaging $2,000.

The frequency and severity of weather and climate-related disasters continues to rise in the U.S., affecting the resilience of communities and the health of their most vulnerable residents, including older adults.

A team at U-M, led by Sue Anne Bell, Ph.D., FNP-BC, found that only 25% of older adults who use essential medical equipment were ready with alternative power sources if a disaster were to strike.


The editorial board of JAMA Surgery, including the expertise of Amir Ghaferi, M.D., M.S., associate professor of surgery, has launched a new series of articles analyzing the strengths and limitations of 10 predominant methodologies used in surgical health services research.

Ravi Anupindi, Ph.D., M.E., M.S., professor of technology and operations at the Ross School of Business, discussed the effects of the coronavirus quarantine on the global and U.S. economies with Michigan Radio.



Congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) is the most common infectious cause of hearing loss in infants and is associated with increased risk of autism, developmental delays, and epilepsy. Even though it affects one in every 150 pregnancies, awareness among women and providers is extremely low. Congenital CMV is preventable and treatments are available if infants can be diagnosed early.

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Summer Student Lunch & Learn series: June --- July 2020

The IHPI lunch-and-learn series offers students opportunities to learn more about our members' professional and career experiences. The skill-building seminars include topics such as advanced literature searches, developing poster sessions, and developing manuscripts among others.

If you plan on having undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral students work with you this summer, or if you are interested in co-hosting a lunch, please email Jason Wolfe.
The Mentoring Academy is designed for senior postdocs and faculty in clinical and translational research. Participants in this program will learn how to better coach and counsel other less-experienced mentors, as well as enhance their own interpersonal skills for mutually beneficial mentor-mentee interactions.

Friday, March 20
2:00 --- 4:00 p.m.
U-M Medical School

Dimensions Plus offers the ability to search 1.5 million datasets from Figshare repositories, including NIH and several other sources. ICPSR will be added and searchable in later 2020. Users can search for individual datasets or discover and analyze trends in publicly available data at the institutional level

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Health Services Research Guide
Presented by U-M CRLT Players
2:30 --- 4:30 p.m.
NCRC Building 10, Research Auditorium
2800 Plymouth Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Speaker: Danielle Ofri, M.D., Ph.D., Clinical Professor, Department of Medicine, NYU Langone Health

9:00 a.m. --- 2:00 p.m.
Palmer Commons, Forum Hall
IHPI February Research Seminar Video:  Using Research Thinking to Address Health Policy Problems with Nicole Lurie, M.D., M.S.P.H. 

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Getting covered by health insurance may have a major impact on a low-income person's ability to get a job or enroll in school, according to a new study that gives the first direct look at the relationship between the two.

The percentage of low-income people enrolled in Michigan's Medicaid expansion program who had jobs or were enrolled in school jumped six points in one year, the study shows. That outpaced employment gains among the state's general population during that same time.

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Health insurance costs weigh heavily on the minds of many middle-aged adults, and many are worried for what they'll face in retirement or if federal health policies change, according to a new study just published in JAMA Network Open by Renuka Tipirneni, M.D., M.Sc. More than a quarter of people in their 50s and early 60s lack confidence that they'll be able to afford health insurance in the next year, and the number goes up to nearly half when they look ahead to retirement.


In a new paper published by Sarah Miller, Ph.D., assistant professor of business, and colleagues for the National Bureau of Economic Research, analysis showed doctors prescribed more branded medications after marketing visits by the makers of those drugs.

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