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JULY 2020

Wednesday, August 5 | 10:00--- 11:00 am
Thursday, August 20 | 4:00--- 5:00 pm

These events will offer an opportunity for members to connect "socially" and share challenges, strategies, and resources related to adjusting to the new "normal" created in the COVID-19 environment. These small group sessions of ten attendees per session are open to IHPI members on a first come-first serve basis. RSVP required.

Additional future sessions will be scheduled based on demand.

The June 30 IHPI COVID-19 Data Town Hall was recorded and is now available. Click on the graphic below  to watch.

Additional informational links from the town hall are also available: Questions? Contact the IHPI Data and Methods team at or visit the Data and Methods webpage.

Thirty-two IHPI members were approved for promotions to the ranks of professor and associate professor, effective September 1, 2020, at the May Regents meeting.

Research & Policy

IHPI has been conducting an independent evaluation of the Healthy Michigan Plan (HMP) for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. This effort is led by IHPI director John Z. Ayanian, M.D., M.P.P., along with an interdisciplinary team of researchers across from five schools and colleges at U-M

This brief highlights findings on the impact of HMP in its first five years.

As lawmakers and educators reimagine the K-12 model for fall, an online survey led by Kao-Ping Chua, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of pediatrics, assessed parents' plans in Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio for in-person school and support for 15 potential measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 in schools. The online survey included 1,193 parents and guardians of public school children.

This report was the result of a recent IHPI Policy Sprint. Chua and his team were one of four COVID-19 sprint awardees.

Ageism plays out in day-to-day interactions and messaging, and those experiencing it are more likely to have worse physical and mental health. A new National Poll on Healthy Aging finds that everyday ageism is common in the lives of Americans over 50.


H. Luke Shaefer, Ph.D., the Hermann and Amalie Kohn Professor of Social Justice and Social Policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, has been appointed the associate dean for research and policy engagement. He will begin his three-year term on July 1, 2020.

Daphne Watkins, Ph.D., professor of social work, has been named a University Diversity and Social Transformation Professor. The award is sponsored by the U-M National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID) and recognizes achievement in demonstrating a commitment to the university's ideals of diversity, equity and inclusion through their scholarship, teaching or service and engagement.


Matt Davis, Ph.D., M.P.H., associate professor of nursing, was one of four faculty to a Henry Russel Awards. This is the university's highest honor for faculty members at the early to mid-career stages of their careers

John Ayanian, M.D., M.P.P., director of IHPI, was recently interviewed for
Top of Mind, a publication that dives into macro developments for executives and policymakers. Ayanian's interview focused on work around racial gaps in healthcare and how to improve the quality of care in order to eliminate racial disparities on a broader scale. Read the article here. Listen to the interview at minutes 18 to 26 of the podcast to the right.
New Members 
Biostatistics, School of Public Health
Psychiatry, Medical School
Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health
Pediatric Surgery, Medical School
Internal Medicine, Medical School
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Digital Healthcare Interventions to Address the Secondary Health Effects Related to Social, Behavioral, and Economic Impact of COVID-19
(R01: Clinical Trial Optional)

Application due dates:August 20 & December 2, 2020, March 2, 2021

Deadline: September 11, 2020

Applications are now available to serve on the Study Team Workforce Development Working Group (The Working Group) to share knowledge, experience, and skills related to study team training and education at the University of Michigan. The group is organized by the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR)
July 29
10:00--11:30 am

This 90-minute webinar is designed to share the work of an international collaboration to develop the foundation for a global Learning Health System addressing COVID-19 and future public health crises.


On July 16, 2020, Physicians for Human Rights moderated a discussion on envisioning a more equitable future for health. The panel featured IHPI Director John Ayanian, M.D., M.P.P., Giselle Corbie-Smith, M.D., and Roshmi Goswani, M.D.

Offers insight into community challenges and strengths through creating dashboards comparing up to three census tracts anywhere in the US. Includes 150 indicators from 27 sources, grouped into six sections.

Interested in learning more?

The Latest

Pandemic historians, including Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D., professor of pediatrics, who showed the power of efforts to "flatten the curve" say it will take all-out effort by individuals, industry, and elected officials to reduce death and suffering until vaccines are available.



With the coronavirus risk, many therapy sessions have moved online to video calls. Adrienne Lapidos, Ph.D., clinical assistant professor of psychiatry, discusses the new opportunities ---- and risks ---- of teletherapy.


Patients who received a single intravenous dose of tocilizumab were also more likely to leave the hospital or be off a ventilator within a month, despite double the risk of additional infection, according to new research published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases by lead author Emily Somers, Ph.D., Sc.M., associate professor of internal medicine. 

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