June 2021
Dear IHPI Colleagues,

After an extensive open search this spring, I am very pleased to announce that Trish Meyer, EdM, has accepted the position of Managing Director of the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, effective July 1, 2021.
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While drinking alcohol is a source of enjoyment for many older adults, it can also pose health risks. The U-M National Poll on Healthy Aging asked older adults about their alcohol use and reasons for drinking. Two in three adults age 50–80 (67%) reported drinking alcohol at least occasionally in the past year. 
Since April 2020, a 40-hospital network has made it possible to collect, analyze and share data from thousands of COVID patients, and apply the findings almost immediately in hospitals across the state. According to findings presented in a recent public webinar, the MiCOVID-19 Initiative, part of the Michigan Hospital Medicine Safety Consortium funded by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, has reduced variations in COVID-19 care in Michigan, thereby contributing to a lower risk of death for hospitalized patients.
Patrick Carter, M.D., associate professor of emergency medicine and co-director of the new U-M Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention, joined a special series of Michigan Minds focused on firearm injury prevention research. Carter discussed his work on using the emergency department as a venue for intervention, decreasing injury outcomes and preventing risky firearm behaviors among youth.
Two IHPI experts, Payal Patel, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of internal medicine, and Diane Harper, M.D., M.P.H., M.S., professor of family medicine, answered commonly asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccines via a streamed video.
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The U-M National Poll on Healthy Aging data is available for free, public use through the National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging's Open Aging Repository to help advance research on aging. Recently released data cover a wide range of topics from brain health to emergency preparedness.
Project submission deadline: July 31
Are you in need of assistance for upcoming projects and interested in providing undergraduate students an opportunity to engage in your research activities? The U-M Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) is currently accepting research project proposals from faculty and post-doc researchers for the upcoming academic year.
Project submission deadline: August 13
The Global Health Research Certificate Program helps faculty, fellows, and residents incorporate global health into their research portfolios, creating a foundation for meaningful collaborative relationships and impact-driven research in the global health setting.
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), a government-sponsored organization that funds comparative effectiveness research, invites public comments on its five proposed National Priorities for Health by August 27.

If you have questions, contact Eileen Kostanecki at ekostan@umich.edu.
Statista is a portal for current statistics from private and government sources on a wide range of topics and includes ready-made statistical charts, graphs, and tables on technology, politics, health, and public  opinion polls. 

Member achievements, awards, 
and appointments
Bell receives nurse researcher award
Sue Anne Bell, Ph.D., M.S.N., M.Sc, FNP-BC, assistant professor of nursing, received the Nurse Researcher Award from the Emergency Nurses Association.
Telem named surgery section chief
Dana Telem, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor of surgery, was recently named Section Chief of General Surgery. In this role, she oversees the unit's clinical operations, training, and research.
Rogério Meireles Pinto, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., professor of social work, was one of five U-M faculty members to receive the 2021 Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award.
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Most health insurance companies voluntarily waived co-pays, deductibles, and other cost-sharing for hospitalized COVID-19 patients in 2020, but many major insurers lifted those waivers in early 2021. Based on data from patients hospitalized for COVID-19 last year, a new study led by Kao-Ping Chua, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of pediatrics, suggests a lack of waivers in 2021 could mean bills of about $3,800 for people with job-related or self-purchased insurance, and $1,500 for people with Medicare Advantage plans. 
An effort by the Michigan Radiation Oncology Quality Consortium (MROQC), reduced excessive radiation treatments for bone metastases by 80% at health care centers across the state, according to findings published in Practical Radiation Oncology. The two-year project focused on reducing the use of extended-fraction radiation therapy to treat pain from incurable cancer that had spread to patients’ bones. The MROQC is a collaborative quality initiative funded by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the Blue Care Network.
Treating post-surgery pain with non-opioid pain medications, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, didn’t lead to higher pain levels or more serious issues during recovery, and didn’t dampen patients’ satisfaction with their care, according to new results from a study of more than 22,000 patients who had one of seven common operations at 70 hospitals.
Smokers needed their blocked arteries fixed nearly a decade earlier than non-smokers, and patients with obesity underwent these procedures four years earlier than non-obese patients, according to a new study. The research included patients without a history of heart attack who were treated at hospitals across Michigan participating in the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Cardiovascular Consortium, a Collaborative Quality Initiative.
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