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JUNE 2020

June 30, 2:00--- 3:00 p.m.
Join faculty experts and learn more about a variety of data resources available to help researchers better understand the healthcare impact of COVID-19. Electronic medical records, administrative claims, and publicly available data sources will be highlighted in this virtual meeting.

In mid-March, a survey was sent to IHPI members to determine the scope of new work relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, and assess interest in collaborating with other faculty around common areas of research. Based on survey responses, IHPI launched nine new research interest groups, each led by an IHPI faculty member, to help foster connections and catalyze research and policy collaborations. The groups are focusing on a range of topics, through the lens of COVID-19.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact nearly every aspect of our lives, four IHPI member-led teams will address the need for quick analysis to inform ongoing decision-making at local, state, and national levels. Made possible with generous donor support, each of the four teams will receive up to $10,000 in funding.

Enter drawing for AcademyHealth virtual annual research meeting registration reduced rate
As part of IHPI's organizational affiliate status with AcademyHealth, we have been given five (5) discounted registrations for the 2020 Virtual Annual Research Meeting taking place from July 28 to August 6.

If you are an IHPI member who is not also a member of AcademyHealth and would like to attend the meeting, or nominate one of your research staff/students to attend, please send an email to [email protected] to be entered into the random drawing (provide the name of the individual who should be entered into the drawing). PLEASE NOTE: Due to current budget restrictions, the discounted rate of $425 cannot be paid for by IHPI and must be paid by the individuals/winners.

Deadline to enter the drawing is July 3, 2020 and winners will be notified by July 8, 2020.

Joan Keiser, Ph.D., director of long range planning and operations at IHPI, is completing work at the University after more than 25 years, almost 10 of those years with IHPI. Keiser was instrumental in opening and the re-populating of the North Campus Research Complex when it was bought from Pfizer in 2009 and after serving as vice president of research at Pfizer. She joined the IHPI staff in 2011 and helped spearhead its early formation with cross-campus faculty leadership. Additionally, she helped launch Precision Health and the Center for Global Health Equity and was an adjunct professor of molecular and integrative physiology. IHPI leadership, faculty, and staff wish Dr. Keiser a happy retirement and all the best in her new adventures.

Research & Policy

This IHPI brief outlines important policy considerations to help ensure optimal outcomes for patients.

Most people in their 50s and older were capable home cooks just before COVID-19 struck America, but only 5% had ordered groceries online, according to a new national poll.

The cooking skills that enabled half of older adults to eat dinner at home six or seven days a week may have served them well during the height of the pandemic, the poll suggests.

Goold to serve on AcademyHealth Education Council Executive Committee

Susan Goold, M.D., M.H.S.A, M.A., professor of internal medicine, was appointed to the AcademyHealth Education Council Executive Committee for three years. She will help develop strategies and programs for professional development in health services research.
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This summer, the Research Development team in the U-M Office of Research is launching Grantsmanship 101, a series of webinars aimed at enhancing grant-seeking know-how for researchers pursuing external funding.


This continuously-updated list provides an overview of COVID-related research projects and clinical resources developed by IHPI members and partnering organizations.

IHPI staff members Kara Gavin, media relations manager, and Emily Smith, multimedia specialist, were invited speakers at the Association of American Medical Colleges annual meeting. Their presentation on visual abstracts addresses how to create and brand visual abstracts as well as tips for dissemination.


The 2020 virtual ARM will continue to offer what thousands of attendees have come to expect and anticipate annually ---- new research, innovative methods, and robust discussions about the impact of health services research on health policy and practice.


Features quick maps to COVID-19 data on a wide variety of topics, including testing rates, underlying health conditions, and social vulnerability.

Interested in learning more?
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Interested in finding COVID-19 related policy resources? View: Health Service Research Guide's Policy Tracking Resource or COVID-19 Guide.
The Latest

A U-M team, including Andrew Ryan, Ph.D., M.A., professor of public health, and Geoffrey Hoffman, Ph.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of nursing, reports in the new issue of JAMA Network Open that using patients' "dual eligibility" as an indicator of high social needs won't work well for patients who have had surgery. Dual-eligible patients are those who are both old or disabled enough to qualify for Medicare, and have incomes low enough to qualify for Medicaid.


A new commentary highlights the dramatic decline in emergency department visits during the COVID-19 pandemic and what could be causing the decrease.


A new study led by Srijan Sen, M.D., Ph.D.,associate professor of psychiatry, shows depression and anxiety symptoms worsened among medical residents in Shanghai, and fear of workplace violence doubled, in early 2020.

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