CHRT to support grantees of The Kresge Foundation as they advance health and human services integration

The Kresge Foundation has awarded $1.5 million in grants to five public sector organizations across the nation to enhance their efforts to integrate their health and human services systems and create more seamless, person-centered experiences for individuals and families seeking support in cities across the country. The Center for Health and Research Transformation serves as the foundation’s learning partner and technical assistance provider for the initiative. Grantees include the Alameda County Public Health Department, California; the Arlington County Health and Human Services Department, Virginia; Hennepin County, Minnesota; the Montgomery County Health and Human Services Department, Maryland; and the Solano County Health and Social Services Department, California . Read more.  
Sustaining Michigan’s State Innovation Model Community Health Innovation Regions

The recently passed Michigan state budget includes $3 million to sustain the infrastructure of Michigan's five State Innovation Model regions--including the Livingston and Washtenaw County Community Health Innovation Region--for one additional year. As backbone organization to the Washtenaw Health Initiative, CHRT is working with local leaders to request funding from Medicaid health plans, local health systems, and others for the additional support needed to maintain our region’s social and medical care coordination work for an added year and will soon be assembling a group of stakeholders to discuss the evolution of the SIM intervention under various funding scenarios. Read more.  
What we're reading

Which health policies actually work? We rarely find out by Austin Frakt, The New York Times Upshot, Sept. 9, 2019.

Building the community-based mental health workforce to expand access to treatment by O'Donnell, Davis, & Mestan, Health Affairs, Oct. 24, 2019.

CDC: Childhood trauma tied to poor health by Gaby Galvin, U.S. News & World Report, Nov. 5, 2019.

The Porch Pirate of Portrero Hill can't believe it came to this by Lauren Smiley, The Atlantic, Nov. 1, 2019.

When talking about social determinants, precision matters by Green and Zook, Health Affairs, Oct. 29, 2019.

Flint's children suffer in class after years of drinking the lead-poisoned water by Erica L. Green, The New York Times, Nov. 6, 2019.
Congrats to inaugural graduates of Detroit Health Department public health practice and policy engagement training program

Eighteen Detroit Health Department staffers graduated this October after completing a 14-week certificate program in public health policy, health and human services integration, program evaluation, community coalition-building, and more. This was the second cohort of Detroit Health Department staff members to complete the curriculum. The pilot training program, made possible with funding from U-M Poverty Solutions and the DMC Foundation, was designed and launched by CHRT in collaboration with Detroit Health Department administrators. Read more.  
CHRT is growing: Join us in welcoming new staff

Several new staff members have joined the Center for Health and Research Transformation. They bring expertise in pay for success financing practices, evaluating case management interventions for superutilizers of health care services, recovery-oriented communities, integrative approaches to health disparities, program evaluation and improvements, and more. Please join us in welcoming them to the work. Read more.