Nominations are now open and the deadline extended for the annual IHPI Impact Accelerator Award. The award recognizes research that addresses pressing questions about health or healthcare quality, safety, equity, and affordability and has informed health policy and practice.

Nomination deadline: Monday, January 11, 2021
David C. Miller, M.D., M.P.H., professor of urology, will be the new president of the University of Michigan Health System as of Jan. 1, 2021. His appointment was approved Dec. 3 by the Board of Regents.

Miller has been the chief clinical officer for University Hospital and the Frankel Cardiovascular Center since 2018. 
Christopher J. Sonnenday, M.D., M.H.S., associate professor of surgery, has been appointed to serve as the Transplant Center Director for Michigan Medicine, effective December 1, 2020. 
As the Transplant Center Director, Sonnenday will be responsible for the development and execution of its strategic plan for patient care, research, and education, including establishment of success metrics. 
Nallamothu named new Precision Health co-director
Brahmajee Nallamothu, M.D., M.P.H., professor of internal medicine, was named a co-director of Precision Health at the University of Michigan. He will transition from a successful role as associate director for Precision Health’s Data Analytics & IT Workgroup. Nallamothu succeeds Sachin Kheterpal, M.D., M.B.A., professor of anesthesiology. 
Kara Zivin, Ph.D., M.S., M.A., professor of psychiatry, obstetrics, and gynecology, discusses her research and efforts to inform policy to improve mental health services for pregnant and postpartum women.
Researchers studying the impact of in-person college classes on community COVID-19 cases won the top award in the American Heart Association’s first-ever COVID-19 data challenge. The team was led by Brahmajee Nallamothu, M.D., M.P.H., professor of internal medicine, and Ji Zhu, Ph.D., M.Sc., professor of statistics.
JAMA Health Forum, a channel of the JAMA Network, will become an international, peer-reviewed, online, open access journal that addresses health policy and strategies affecting medicine, health, and health care. IHPI Director John Z. Ayanian, M.D., M.P.P., serves as editor of this new journal, which will publish original research, evidence-based reports, and opinion about national and global health policy; innovative approaches to health care delivery, health care economics, access, quality, safety, equity, and reform. 
New Members
Family Medicine
Eleven IHPI members received named professorships during Board of Regents meetings in the past year.
Thursday, January 28, 2021
9:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m.
IHPI early career faculty members, join us for the annual IHPI Early Career Faculty Development Workshop. The workshop will feature a panel on strategies for surviving and thriving when working from home amid this pandemic. Registration closes Friday, January 22. 

Open to IHPI early career faculty members only. If you are not a member and would like to apply, please visit here.
In an IHPI Research Seminar on November 18, 2020, Theodore "Jack" Iwashyna, M.D., Ph.D., professor of internal medicine, and Hallie Prescott, M.D., M.Sc., associate professor of internal medicine, discussed their clinical experiences during the early part of Michigan's first COVID-19 surge, as well as the research and potential policy questions that have arisen from the pandemic.
Sessions begin in early January 2021: Open to U-M faculty and staff. Current K scholars and K applicants will be given registration priority.

The five-session (10 hour) seminar is interactive, practice-based, and focused on addressing RCR issues (ethics, integrity, and regulatory matters) that arise in the course of funded research. It's relevant, hands-on, and includes mentoring from experienced faculty.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: January 14, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. ET
Present your work at the premier forum for health services researchers, policy analysts, clinicians, and community leaders using evidence and data to improve health and health care for all.
Once enough people receive effective vaccines against the novel coronavirus, experts say, the end of the pandemic may be in sight. But a new U-M National Poll on Healthy Aging survey of older adults – one of the highest-priority groups for vaccination – suggests an uphill climb lies ahead to reach that goal. 
Efficient testing during the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a problem and a priority of public health leaders. A new IHPI brief by lead author Ravi Anupindi, Ph.D., M.E., M.S., professor of business, examines the current supply chain landscape of COVID-19 testing in Michigan, identifies key barriers to scale-up, and outlines policy considerations.
Death, rehospitalization, and problems with basic activities, jobs, mental health, and finances seen in many patients treated at 38 Michigan hospitals, according to a new study in the Annals of Internal Medicine and led by Vineet Chopra, M.D., M.Sc., associate professor of internal medicine, with Scott Flanders, M.D., professor of internal medicine and Hallie Prescott, M.D., M.Sc., associate professor of internal medicine. More than 39% of the patients interviewed said they hadn’t gotten back to normal activities yet, two months after leaving the hospital.
A new JAMA Internal Medicine study co-authored by Kenneth Langa, M.D., Ph.D., research professor of internal medicine, and Julie Bynum, M.D., M.P.H., professor of internal medicine, found that Medicare beneficiaries of lower educational status who go on to be diagnosed with dementia are more likely to miss payments on bills as early as six years before a clinical diagnosis.
The close proximities and confined spaces of the dental office environment in a pandemic pose a host of potential health risks. It’s a situation University of Michigan engineers have sought to make safer by analyzing the transport of aerosols within the clinics at U-M School of Dentistry. Romesh Nalliah, D.D.S., M.H.C.M., clinical professor of dentistry, reached out to U-M’s College of Engineering for help.
Renuka Tipirneni, M.D., M.Sc., assistant professor of internal medicine, explains potential effects of the Affordable Care Act case in front of the Supreme Court. She helps lead a team that has focused on evaluating the effects of the Healthy Michigan Plan, an expansion of Medicaid that covers more than 800,000 low-income adults in Michigan. 
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Deadline: January 13, 2021
The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) offers an exciting opportunity for the next generation of the most promising and forward-thinking leaders in health and medicine: The NAM Emerging Leaders in Health and Medicine Program.

* Minal Patel, Ph.D., M.P.H., associate professor of public health, is in the current cohort of the program and Christopher Friese, Ph.D., R.N., AOCN, FAAN, professor of nursing, is a recent alum of the program.

Contact Sarah Wang with any questions about these opportunities or to be connected to a current or prior Fellow.
Hosted by U-M Research Development and U-M Library experts, this workshop will help investigators at all levels be proactive in using tools to identify federal, state, and foundation research funding. 
Health Statistics Resources is a gateway designed to help you find and utilize health statistics. Highlights include a resource matcher and economics and utilization resources.  

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