Insights and reflections from our National Advisory Board
As we closed out 2020, our sixth annual IHPI National Advisory Board meeting was held virtually on December 4. The theme for this year’s meeting was “Guidance for IHPI’s Research Priorities in 2021 and Beyond.” The discussion focused on the challenges and opportunities for the Institute in key areas related to the 2020 elections, COVID-19 pandemic, and racial justice. Board members provided valuable insight and recommendations in these domains, including: 

  • The Board spoke at length about opportunities to assess the impact of regulatory and executive orders coming from the new Biden administration. They suggested that IHPI members could further explore policies related to Medicaid during the pandemic, and increase understanding around broader issues of access, cost, and general payment reform. The Board recommended that IHPI continue to inform policy with robust research and evidence, to help increase trust in science and public health institutions.
  • The Board emphasized the importance of continued research looking at the myriad impacts of COVID-19, including policies related to the use of telehealth services; the impact of the pandemic on mental health, substance use, and trauma; and the health challenges posed by deferred care. 
  • The Board encouraged IHPI to help define what it means to have an anti-racist healthcare system, and to assess the ways in which healthcare systems have played a role in perpetuating or contributing to racism. They also suggested that IHPI members could explore how health services research methods may serve to exacerbate or alleviate disparities. 
The past year has challenged many of us in more ways than we could have imagined, both professionally and personally. The commitment and engagement of our members to pursue better healthcare and health outcomes continue to impress our IHPI National Advisory Board. We are grateful for their continued guidance on our priorities, strategy, and
long-term vision for IHPI.
John Z. Ayanian, M.D., M.P.P.
IHPI members are strong contributors to U-M’s overall research portfolio, with health services research (HSR) consistently comprising approximately 10% of all research spending. Each year, a number of members receive funding awards that are among the largest across all U-M schools, divisions, and departments. You can now view a list of IHPI members’ major awards on our website.
Khaldun chosen to be U-M Medical School commencement speaker
The University of Michigan Medical School and its Student Council announced Joneigh S. Khaldun, M.D., MPH, FACEP, chief medical executive for the State of Michigan and chief deputy director for health in the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS),
will deliver the commencement address
for medical students at their 2021 graduation ceremony on May 14. Khaldun is also a member of the IHPI National Advisory Board
A new analysis from the National Poll on Healthy Aging suggests that nearly one in five older adults don’t have the ability to isolate – and that those who are Hispanic or Black, or who have lower incomes or poor health to begin with, are more likely to lack a safe isolation place in their home. Authors Andrew Ibrahim, M.D., M.Sc., Upali Nanda, Ph.D., and Preeti Malani, M.D., M.S., M.S.J., noted how important ‘built environment’ housing and local outdoor public spaces are to the health of older adults.
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, many people were concerned about their access to health care. But as the pandemic began to unfold Medicare allowed patients to connect with clinicians from home. In this compilation video, Chad Ellimoottil, M.D., M.S., assistant professor of urology and director of IHPI's Telehealth Research Incubator, sheds light on how U-M is researching ways to improve virtual care and make it more accessible to all.
On February 18, the U-M Board of Regents approved Srijan Sen, M.D., Ph.D., professor of psychiatry, as the new director of the U-M Depression Center effective January 1, 2021. Sen has led efforts to understand the role of stress, sleep, and genetics in the risk of depression and suicide.
Carter recently named Injury Prevention Center director
Patrick Carter, M.D., associate professor of emergency medicine, was named as the director of the CDC-funded University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center and part of the leadership team for the NICHD-funded Firearm Safety among Children and Teens (FACTS) Consortium.
Amir Ghaferi, M.D., M.S., associate professor of surgery, and co-authors discuss how surgery contributes to greenhouse gas, solid waste, and pollution generation in a commentary published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine Catalyst. The team outlines a framework for surgery departments to move toward a “triple bottom line”—considering environmental, financial, and social factors in their operations—in order to be more sustainable.
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IHPI is partnering with the U-M Medical School Mentored Research Academy: R01 Boot Camp to offer a health services research track in their R01 Boot Camp program. This program is open to all IHPI early and mid-career faculty members, regardless of school or college appointment, and members who have not been awarded an R01 grant. 

Applications due: April 12, 2021
Relevant for research or teaching, this database of primary sources documents the evolution of public health legislation, policies, and campaigns at the local, national, and federal levels.  


Speaker: Emily Martin, Ph.D., M.P.H., Associate Professor of Epidemiology, U-M School of Public Health
Date: Thursday, April 15, 2021
Time: 4:005:00 pm

Mary Blazek, M.D., Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Laura Hirshbein, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry and History
Pooja Lagisetty, M.D., M.Sc., Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
David Porter, Ph.D., Professor of English and Comparative Literature

Moderated by:
Kara Zivin, Ph.D., M.S., M.A., Professor of Psychiatry, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Health Management and Policy
Date: Thursday, May 13, 2021
Time: 4:005:00 pm

Speaker: Joel Gagnier, N.D., Ph.D., M.Sc., Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Medical School
Date: Friday, February 26, 2021
Time: 10:0011:30 am

Preeti Malani, M.D., M.S., M.S.J., is the director of the National Poll on Healthy Aging, which taps into the perspectives of adults age 50-80 from throughout the U.S. on a variety of topics, including loneliness and health. Lindsay Kobayashi, Ph.D., M.Sc., assistant professor of epidemiology, leads the COVID-19 Coping Study, which examines the estimated prevalence of loneliness among US older adults early in the pandemic, and identifies key sociodemographic characteristics and health-related factors that are associated with loneliness.
Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Time: 11:30 am12:30 pm

Join the Michigan Exercise & Sport Science Initiative and the University of Michigan Concussion Center for a panel discussion focusing on concussion prevention hosted by Steven Broglio, Ph.D., A.T.C., professor of kinesiology. Topics will include concussion prevention methods, and sports policy at the state and international levels.
Each year during the Annual Research Meeting (ARM), AcademyHealth recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the fields of health services research and health policy through several prestigious awards. Learn more about the awards and deadlines.
Black COVID-19 survivors experience worse outcomes related to care access, recovery, and social and economic factors when compared to their white counterparts, according to research led by Nancy Fleischer, Ph.D., M.P.H., associate professor of epidemiology. Researchers hope data from the study will inform future response and health equity efforts for the ongoing pandemic as well as future public health crises.
While most adults over 50 understand that overuse of antibiotics is a problem, many have used antibiotics for something other than their original purpose. The findings, contained in a new paper in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, come from a national poll of people between the ages of 50 and 80 carried out as part of the National Poll on Healthy Aging from authors Preeti Malani, M.D., M.S., M.S.J., professor of internal medicine, and Jeffrey (Jeff) Kullgren, M.D., M.P.H., M.S., associate professor of internal medicine.
A popular treatment for peripheral arterial disease is less effective and more expensive than other options. Study author Nicholas Osborne, M.D., M.S., assistant professor of surgery, teamed up with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the Michigan Value Collaborative to improve the care of patients with vascular disease in Michigan and bring the state toward higher-value vascular care.
A third of parents say the COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult to get dental care for their children, a new national poll suggests. Inability to get a dentist appointment during the pandemic was three times as common for children with Medicaid versus those with private dental coverage, according to the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health at Michigan Medicine.
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