The COVID-19 pandemic led to an unprecedented expansion of telehealth in Michigan with new policies that allowed patients greater access to remote care. However, many were designed to expire once the public health emergency period ends. In this brief, CHRT shares physician views on how telehealth impacted their practice and discusses policy implications, especially as it relates to accessibility, quality, and equity of care.

Physician burnout is a concern for everyone. It's tied to lower-quality care, reduced clinical productivity, and increased turnover. And since the first COVID-19 lockdowns in March of 2020, doctors have experienced an unending series of pandemic-related stressors. In a new brief, CHRT investigates burnout among Michigan's physicians by specialty and highlights potential programming to address it.

Dr. Tipirneni is a medical doctor and health services researcher at the University of Michigan. She serves as co-investigator on the evaluation of Michigan's Medicaid expansion and is co-director of the Michigan Social Health Interventions to Eliminate Disparities (MSHIELD).

We’re pleased to announce that the 2022 cohort of CHRT Health Policy Fellows has been selected. These fellows will complete a four-month curriculum designed to build bridges between Michigan’s academic health researchers, nonprofit health leaders, and policymakers in Lansing.

In 2018, more than $1 million in grants were awarded to four local organizations that are working to develop innovative, actionable solutions to the problems faced by seniors, as well as their families and caregivers. CHRT, on behalf of the Washtenaw Health Initiative (WHI), supports these efforts by helping the grantees collectively work toward long-term sustainability and greater impact. Read our three-year impact report to lean more.

The losses we've experienced from COVID-19 have been crippling and tragic. They’ve shown the extent of our racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities. And the need—now more than ever—to work together to overcome these challenges. In 2020, CHRT dove in to offer rapid support to policymakers and practitioners across Michigan. Read our impact report to learn about new partnerships to address urgent, unmet needs.

We're delighted to introduce some of our newest team members, who join our health policy, research and evaluation, communications, and administrative teams. New staff will assist with health equity and integration initiatives, survey and evaluation work, website functionality and design, and senior administrative responsibilities, to name a few.
Obamacare sign-ups surge in Michigan, uninsured rate hovers just above 5%, by JC Reindl, Detroit Free Press, January 27, 2022

NMU rural health director to learn at U-of-M fellowship, by Jack Hall, Radio Results Network, January 27, 2022

What we're reading
The curb cut effect, Angela Glover Blackwell, Stanford Social Innovation Review, submitted by Deana Smith, community initiatives senior project manager, who reviewed it for a recent diversity, equity, and inclusion retreat.

Pandemic caused more mental illness but without staff, industry at an impasse, Dustin Walsh, Crain’s Detroit Business, submitted by Gregory Powers, communications senior project manager, who reviewed it for a policy brief on the behavioral health workforce crisis.

Centering equity in collective impact, John Kania, Junious Williams, et al, Stanford Social Innovation Review, submitted by Erin Spanier, marketing and communications director, who reviewed it for the Health Equity Project CHRT is working on with dozens of partners across Michigan.

Effectiveness of policies for addressing the US opioid epidemic, Isabelle Rao, Keith Humphreys, and Margaret Brandeau, The Lancet Regional Health, submitted by Wendy Hawkins, health policy project manager, who reviewed it for an evaluation proposal on aging with HIV.
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