Collaborative In Action

The Collaborative In Action features research briefs, papers, and presentations in order to disseminate current topics and research projects. 

  • MOTHER NURTURE: Making Baby-Friendly Hospital Policies more Health Equitable for African American WomenMOTHER NURTURE: Making Baby-Friendly Hospital Policies more Health Equitable for African American Women

    If 90% of mothers exclusively breastfed for 6 months, as advised by the World Health Organization, nearly 1,000 excess infant deaths would be prevented annually. If these mothers then continued to breastfeed for a year, 2,619 maternal deaths would also be avoided. “Breastfeeding is the natural biological conclusion to pregnancy and an important mechanism for the continued normal development of the infant.” Human milk is species-specific making it superior to other feeding options providing the perfect nutrition and immune protection to the infant.

    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 09:48:00 -0500

  • Creating Spaces for College Students to Cope: A Proactive Approach to Race-Related DiscriminationCreating Spaces for College Students to Cope: A Proactive Approach to Race-Related Discrimination

    Imagine your first week of your undergraduate career. Adjusting to dorm life, trying to make new friends and figuring out how to get to all of your classes. And then you experience something you may not have experienced first-hand in your hometown: race-related discrimination. Being a student of color at a predominantly white institution brings its own set of challenges on top of the stress of figuring out what you want to do with your life. Equipping students of color with strategies to cope with these experiences are critical in order to support them in their transition to college

    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 09:28:00 -0500

  • The Ever-Changing Forms of Authenticity in Healthcare LeadershipThe Ever-Changing Forms of Authenticity in Healthcare Leadership

    The current political atmosphere has the potential to drastically change the entire healthcare infrastructure in the United States of America, and not necessarily in a positive way. With the proposed removal of the affordable care act, millions of Americans are in a position where their healthcare coverage may very well be voided, left responsible for the full priced out-of-pocket medical care and treatment costs that they may or may not be able to afford.

    Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:34:52 -0500

  • The Built Environment and Mental Health in the WorkplaceThe Built Environment and Mental Health in the Workplace

    Halimat Olaniyan is alum of the University of Michigan Summer Enrichment Program (UMSEP 2017) who interned at the University of Michigan Depression Center under the supervision of Ms. Stephanie Salazar who is the Outreach and Education Program Manager.

    Wed, 08 Nov 2017 11:36:09 -0500

  • Barriers to the Integration of Community Health Workers in Coordinated Care ModelsBarriers to the Integration of Community Health Workers in Coordinated Care Models

    Community Health Workers are an important component of integrated service delivery and community health, with 51,900 employed in almost 50 states in the United States. More than just public health workers, CHWs are unique because they are often members of the community they are serving and can therefore establish trust and rapport within it. CHWs improve health outcomes, using their connection to the community, through preventive services and targeting social determinants of health.

    Tue, 07 Nov 2017 16:14:00 -0500

  • Network Integrity: Implementation and Referral PatternsNetwork Integrity: Implementation and Referral Patterns

    In the "Western" World, reverence for the older portion of the population has been lost. They are often cast aside when they are no longer able to work, and the wisdom and value that they hold from long lives is neglected in favor of younger people for their value to the country's productivity. However, at Trinity Health Senior Communities, they are seeking to change the narrative around seniors and improve the care framework surrounding the geriatric population. THSC has recently turned its focus to Network Integrity--ensuring that when a patient leaves a Trinity Health hospital they are more likely to remain with a Trinity Health skilled nursing facility.

    Tue, 07 Nov 2017 16:05:00 -0500

  • Black Girl Magic - The Glow UpBlack Girl Magic - The Glow Up

    Black Girl Magic: The Glow Up is a FREE public event open to all girls ages 13-17 in the metro-Detroit area. The goal of the workshop is to provide a fulfilling experience and a safe space for young Black girls to partake in dialogue centered on their experience as both Black and female in Detroit and the U.S. During the workshop. There will be a number of exercises and discussion topics for the girls to learn about the power of self-definition, transparency, and sisterhood.

    Fri, 03 Nov 2017 13:20:43 -0400

  • Increasing the Accessibility of Specialty Drugs to Low-Income SeniorsIncreasing the Accessibility of Specialty Drugs to Low-Income Seniors

    Specialty medications deliver great clinical benefits but have high costs. In 2012 specialty medications accounted for 12% of commercial spending, but only represented 0.5% of total prescription fills. Specialty medications include qualities that make for costly medication delivery and complex molecule composition, especially molecules created with living organisms, called biologics1. A study done on elderly Medicare beneficiaries from 2007-2011 found that spending on specialty drugs increased from 6.7% to 9.1%2.

    Fri, 03 Nov 2017 13:02:12 -0400

  • Assessing the Impact of the ACA on the Previously Incarcerated PopulationAssessing the Impact of the ACA on the Previously Incarcerated Population

    The previously incarcerated population in the United States is not only disproportionately male, minority, and low income, but also much more likely to have physical and mental diseases compared to the rest of the population. They have the highest need for primary care but are historically the least likely to receive primary care due to their underserved status.

    Fri, 03 Nov 2017 12:16:00 -0500

  • Medicaid, Uncompensated Care Burden of Safety-net Hospitals Medicaid, Uncompensated Care Burden of Safety-net Hospitals

    In the year 2008, one in seven Americans were left uninsured. Data collected from the National Health Interview Survey and the American Community Survey show that among those affected were low-income Americans, those ages 19-64, and people of color, more specifically, Blacks, Hispanics, and Native Americans. Due to high uninsured rates among the US population, health care providers continue to face billions of dollars in uncompensated care costs as they continue to rise.

    Thu, 02 Nov 2017 13:52:00 -0500

  • Defining Health Equity: Wolverine PathwaysDefining Health Equity: Wolverine Pathways

    The ambiguity of words leave a lot of room for personal interpretation. We act on words, feel emotions because of words, and devote lives to causes because of words. When it comes to a word such as health equity, the implications it carries creates an overwhelming need to have an explicit definition. Through research, conducted as part of the Health Equity Leadership Pipeline Collaborative at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, I was able to analyze the usage of the word and its relevance in certain contexts.

    Mon, 23 Oct 2017 16:35:00 -0500

  • Data. Leadership. Diversity...A Primer for Data-Driven Leaders of Color.Data. Leadership. Diversity...A Primer for Data-Driven Leaders of Color.

    In an interview with a mid-career and senior leader at two different, yet successful health systems, I learned the pride of data-driven leadership and the distinction between operational and strategic dimensions. As our society progresses further into the age of information, technology, and data, many sectors of our country's infrastructure must adapt to the rapidly changing work environment, including healthcare.

    Mon, 23 Oct 2017 16:16:00 -0500

  • Healthcare Careerists - Middle is the New EarlyHealthcare Careerists - Middle is the New Early

    This research brief was created with the purpose of establishing criteria to create an accurate timeline of career progression for healthcare administrators. The criteria aims to correctly identify positions for each professional on a scale from "Early" to "Middle," to "Senior" Career. This research lends itself to the construction of the Health Equity Leadership Pipeline Competency Analysis. This project is intended to establish a pathway between graduate students as emerging professionals and administrators as senior healthcare executives. Along with career progression, additional information is utilized.

    Mon, 23 Oct 2017 15:54:00 -0500

  • The Best Leadership Style: Authenticity Helps Diverse ExecutivesThe Best Leadership Style: Authenticity Helps Diverse Executives

    Authentic leadership for healthcare executives is becoming synonymous with successful minority executives. A professional organization for Black health services executives is leading a movement to educate its membership on the benefits of this leadership style.

    Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:52:00 -0500

  • The Role of Emotional Intelligence in LEAN LeadershipThe Role of Emotional Intelligence in LEAN Leadership

    What professional qualities make hospital CEO's and administrators successful? Is it skillful policy analysis, a legal wit, or the ability to operate a 10-digit with computer-like precision as we see frequently in film and television? Not necessarily. In an ongoing study performed by Dr. Ebbin Dotson and his research team at the University of Michigan's Health Equity Leadership Pipeline Collaborative (The Collaborative) find emotional intelligence (EI) is an important asset belonging to successful healthcare executives and administrators.

    Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:26:00 -0500

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