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Dear IHPI Members,

As many of you may know, IHPI's inaugural managing director, Gail Campanella, is preparing for her retirement from U-M at the end of December. During her seven-year tenure, Gail has indelibly shaped the Institute's strategic mission and vision, and has been a driving force in uniting the faculty, staff, scholars, and collaborators who comprise our vibrant IHPI community.

I am happy to announce that Trish Meyer, manager of IHPI's Strategic Initiatives and Programs (SIP), has accepted my invitation to serve as IHPI's interim managing director, starting January 1, 2021. While serving as interim managing director, Trish will also remain in her role as SIP manager. Over the past four years, Trish has very effectively developed and managed our SIP team, and I am confident that she will thrive in her new responsibilities while continuing the success of IHPI's strategic initiatives and education programs.

In January, Gail will begin working at IHPI in a new capacity on a part-time basis to help us prepare for IHPI's next five-year review, and to provide strategic support to Trish and me during the transition period. I expect to conduct the search for a permanent managing director next spring, with the goal of filling the role by July 1, 2021.

I am grateful to Trish for her willingness to serve in this interim role, and to Gail for providing her guidance to ensure a smooth transition---- please join me in thanking them both.

----    John Z. Ayanian, M.D., M.P.P.

Application Deadline: October 23, 2020

IHPI is pleased to announce a call for applications to fill up to two open seats on the IHPI Institute Leadership Team (ILT).

The ILT assists the Director and Managing Director in decision-making on matters related to strategy, governance, scientific and policy direction, key research and educational initiatives, and member services and engagement.

Michael McKee, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor of family medicine, and Lisa M. Meeks, Ph.D., M.A., assistant professor of family medicine, were among those who received 2020 Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Awards from the Office of the Provost. The awards recognize faculty members who have contributed to the development of a culturally and ethnically diverse University of Michigan community.

James Jackson, Ph.D., M.A., the Daniel Katz Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Psychology; Research Professor Emeritus, Research Center for Group Dynamics, and former director of the Institute for Social Research, passed away on Sept. 1, 2020.



The American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC) presented IHPI member Renuka Tipirneni, M.D., M.Sc., assistant professor of internal medicine, with the 2020 Seema S. Sonnad Emerging Leader in Managed Care Research Award during the 9th annual Patient-Centered Oncology Care 2020 conference.

Research & Policy

New grants totaling more than $15 million will amplify the University of Michigan's ability to conduct research on aging and to help identify and address issues facing older adults today and into the future. U-M is now home to six aging research centers funded by the National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health. Julie Bynum, M.D., M.P.H., professor of internal medicine, received a new $4.3 million NIA center grant for Alzheimer's research.


A new Health Affairs article explores the relationship between CMS financial incentives and hospital participation in a voluntary advanced alternative payment program. The study, led by Nicholas Berlin, M.D., M.P.H., and Andrew Ryan, Ph.D., M.A., found strong evidence that hospitals participate in voluntary payment models when it is in their financial interest to do so.

COVID-19: What our experts are saying


Over the last several months, a team led by Tammy Chang, M.D., M.P.H., M.S., assistant professor of family medicine, conducted several national text-message surveys of over 1,000 American youth ages 14--- 24 to better understand what they are going through during the pandemic.

Healthy aging in the time of COVID: Two webinars offer evidence-based expertise and insights

As part of an ongoing series of webinars intended to help members of the public connect with U-M experts virtually during the time of COVID-19, several IHPI members discussed topics and research findings related to healthy aging in two events in September 2020.

Featured experts: John Ayanian, M.D., M.P.P., director of IHPI and professor of internal medicine; Preeti Malani, M.D., M.S., M.S.J., director of the National Poll on Healthy Aging and a professor of internal medicine; Julie Bynum, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Center to Accelerate Population Research in Alzheimer's and a professor of internal medicine; and Donovan Maust, M.D., M.S., associate director of geriatric psychiatry and associate professor of psychiatry.

Featured experts: John M. Carethers, M.D., professor and chair, Department of Internal Medicine; Raymond Yung, M.B., Ch.B., Director, Geriatrics Center and Institute of Gerontology, and Chief of the Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine; Lona Mody, M.D., Associate Chief, Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine Director, U-M Pepper Center Pilot and Exploratory Studies Core; Grace Jenq, M.D., Associate Professor of Internal Medicine; and Adam Marks, M.D., MPH, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics.
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Deadline: October 6

This award provides protected time for a clinician scientist to focus on conducting clinical research.

Fellows will attain and use leadership experience to improve health, health care, health policy, and health equity. The fellowship requires a full-time commitment with a minimum 12-month residence in Washington, D.C.

Date: Wednesday, October 28
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The Office of University Development Foundation Relations will host a two-part virtual workshop for U-M faculty about the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Deadline: November 10

This program accelerates understanding of the biological mechanisms underlying Alzheimer's Disease and related dementias as well as innovative approaches to better diagnose, prevent, or delay the progress of the disease.

Disaster Lit provides access to disaster medicine and public health documents. You'll find expert guidelines, research reports, conference proceedings, training classes, fact sheets, websites, and databases.

Front Door is part of the Taubman Library information environment and provides searchable access to 364 documents from 61 different sources, with more being added regularly. This source is a collaboration of the Taubman Health Sciences Library and the Department Health Sciences.


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Featured presenter: Preeti Malani, M.D., M.S., M.S.J., University of Michigan Chief Health Officer, and Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Medical School

In this seminar given September 25 at the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI), Chad Ellimoottil, M.D., M.S., assistant professor of urology, describes the rise of telehealth before and after the COVID-19 pandemic, with a focus on data from Michigan Medicine, U-M's academic medical center.

The Latest

Staying close to home and avoiding crowded places can help older adults reduce their risk of COVID-19. But a new report from the National Poll on Healthy Aging suggests it comes with a cost, especially for those with health challenges. In June of this year, 56% of people over the age of 50 said they sometimes or often felt isolated from others---- more than double the 27% who felt that way in a similar poll in 2018.


The cost of health care drives patients' decisions. A recent paper authored by Erika Sears, M.D., M.S., assistant professor of surgery, and Kevin Chung, M.D., M.S., professor of surgery, and published in the Annals of Surgery, examined what that burden looks like when it comes to elective surgery procedures.


Medicaid expansion improved the stability of insurance coverage for low-income women in the months leading up to and right after their baby's birth, according to a new paper by senior author Lindsay Admon, M.D., M.Sc., assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology.

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