Research Excellence

Peter Jacobson 

2017 Tribute to Professor Peter Jacobson

On October 26th, over 300 gathered in Ann Arbor at the Jack Roth Stadium Club to honor professor, colleague and friend, Professor Peter Jacobson. Participants enjoyed tours of the locker room and football field prior to a warm evening of tributes.
Tue 21 November, 2017

2017 GLC Symposium Panel 

2017 GLC Symposium

On October 27th, almost 400 people gathered in Ann Arbor for the GLC biennial conference, Delivering on the Promise of Population Health. A packed, day-long agenda featured inspiring thinkers and leaders in the public health, policy, insurance, and provider spaces. A selection of recordings are available on this web site.
Tue 21, November 2017

Horton class 2017

GLC Leadership Fellow, Joseph Horton, returns for the eighth consecutive year to teach his course on Transformational Leadership.

Professor Joseph Horton, faculty member at the Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah, returned to Ann Arbor to teach his case-based leadership course to second year MHSA and MPH students.
Fri 06 October, 2017

GLC Symposium banner2017 GLC Symposium Weekend2017 GLC Symposium Weekend

2017 GLC Symposium: Delivering on the Promise of Population Health; A dialogue at the intersection of leadership excellence, innovation and action.
Fri 16 June, 2017

 Andy RyanAndy Ryan, Associate Professor, collaborated with HMP alum, Kristin Maurer (MPH, '16) on articles accepted for publication

Andy Ryan, Associate Professor of Health Management and Policy collaborated with HMP alum, Kristin Maurer (MPH, '16) and others, on two articles which were recently accepted in the Journal of American Medical Association Internal Medicine and the Annual Review of Public Health.

The JAMA IM paper (Hospital Engagement in Value-Based Reforms with Readmission Reduction in the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program) found that hospital engagement in voluntary value-based programs led to improved performance in the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program. The Annual Review of Public Health paper (Impact of Provider Incentives on Quality and Value of Health Care) contrasts the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program and Hospital Value-Based Purchasing to try to identify why one worked when the other did not.

 Rich HirthHMP Professor and Chair, Richard Hirth, discusses Obamacare for MichiganNews

Professor Rich Hirth is featured on MichiganNews, discussing how Democrats might work with Republicans on "Obamacare" and explains the parts of "Obamacare" that nobody talks about. More information can be found here.
Fri 6 Jan, 2017

Phil SingerHMP Doctoral student, Phil Singer, MHSA '13, is author of the lead Perspective article in NEJM

Ph.D. student, Phil Singer, has a paper in the December 7, 2016, issue of the New England Journal of Medicine: The Future of Health Care Reform — Section 1332 Waivers and State-Led Reform. You can read the article here.
Tue 13 Dec, 2016

GLC Leadership Fellow Bill MannsGLC Leadership Fellow, Bill Manns, MHSA, spoke to over 100 SPH students on November 10, 2016

Bill Manns, President of Mercy Health St. Mary's in Grand Rapids, MI, visited SPH as a GLC Leadership Fellow.  He gave a school-wide talk where he was greeted by a capacity crowd.  He shared his thoughts about the challenges and rewards of healthcare leadership, diversity and meeting the needs of the community in an era of rapid change. The event was co-sponsored by the Griffith Leadership Center, Public Health Students of African Descent and SPH Office of Career Development.  
Thu, 10 Nov, 2016

Peter Jacobson and Linda Peter Jacobson, professor of Health Law and Policy, is the recipient of a prestigious Lifetime Achievement award from the American Public Health Association (APHA).

This award is granted annually by the American Public Health Association's Law Section to an individual who, over the course of his or her career, has made significant contributions to the field of public health law. The individual's contributions should span at least two of the following areas: research, teaching and mentoring, practice and advocacy. To be eligible for this award, the winner must have completed his or her terminal degree more than 30 years earlier. Professor Jacobson was formally recognized at the APHA annual meeting in Denver on October 31 and is pictured with his wife, Linda Spector.
Tue, 1 Nov, 2016

U of M Hospital StudyFaculty from HMP and Ross School of Business collaborate on a study of diversity management and organizational climate in local hospitals in Southeast Michigan.

Recognizing that Southeast Michigan's diverse community has important implications for health care, both for treating patients and developing an effective workforce, the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation funded an extensive study of local hospitals. The CEOs of 5 large multi-hospital health systems and 5 independent hospitals agreed to participate in this study of diversity management and organizational climate. Findings suggest best practices and important opportunities to further develop leaders, talent, and the quality of patient care. 
Wed, 26 Oct, 2016

Leon HaleyGLC Advisory Board member, Leon Haley, named dean of the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville.

Leon L. Haley Jr., MD, MHSA, FACEP, CPE, has been named dean of the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville. He will officially assume his new role Jan. 1, 2017.
Fri, 21 Oct, 2016

Julia WolfsonResearch by Julia Wolfson finds public support for the idea of teaching how to cook in schools, in order to promote healthier eating.

The way people cook has changed as Americans increasingly rely on fast and convenient food options. While most participants said they learned from their parents or by teaching themselves, they felt children today are not learning the skills, and may be missing out on important lessons about creating healthy food choices. A number of experts have advocated greater involvement of schools in culinary education, and this research demonstrates broad bipartisan national support for that position. Read more about this study in the press release from the University of Michigan. Tues, 18 Oct, 2016

Joe Horton Class 2016 

GLC Leadership Fellow, Joseph Horton, teaches a wildly popular second year course on Leadership.

Joseph Horton, former senior executive with Intermountain Healthcare and faculty member at the University of Utah Eccles School of Business, returns to HMP for a seventh consecutive year to teach a 3 week, case based course focused on Transformational Leadership.

Sun, Oct 9, 2016

David MendezHas Smoking Cessation Increased? An Examination of the US Adult Smoking Cessation Rate 1990 – 2014 by David Mendez, Jamie Tam and Ken Warner in the September issue of the Journal of Nicotine and Tobacco Research.

By examining the trajectory of adult smoking prevalence in the US over the period 1990 – 2014, the researchers were able to conclude that the smoking cessation rate in the U.S. has almost doubled since 1990. This increase is responsible for at least two million fewer smokers in 2014. If current conditions persist, by the year 2020 the increase in cessation rates will be responsible for 3.5 million fewer smokers. These findings can assist in predicting the future path of the smoking epidemic and determining the correct allocation of resources to eradicate it.
Wed, 5 Oct 2016

David HuttonDavid Hutton is part of an international team that studied an efficient, high-volume and high-quality system of cataract surgery in India which may provide lessons for improving surgical care in the U.S.

A sustainable model for delivering high-quality, efficient cataract surgery in Southern India that includes domestic manufacturing of supplies, the use of a specialized workforce and standardized protocols, and the presence of few regulatory hurdles may hold lessons for improving surgical care in the U.S. and other parts of the world.
Wed, 5 Oct 2016

Dan Edmonds-WatersGLC Advisory Board member, Dan Edmonds-Waters, joins Healthtap as Vice President of Strategy and Global Sales Operations.

Healthtap is a high-engagement, interoperable, cloud-based platform that is agile and fast to implement, making it an interesting solution for population care systems that are struggling to improve quality, manage healthcare costs, and significantly improve access.
Tues, 20 Sept 2016

Julia WolfsonMacronutrient Composition of Menu Offerings in Fast Food Restaurants in the U.S:  Julia Wolfson assessed recent changes in caloric content and macronutrient composition in large U.S. fast food restaurants.

Overall, there was a 22-calorie reduction in food items from 2012 to 2014 but there were relatively minor changes in menu items' caloric and macronutrient composition. Although declines in caloric content among newly introduced fast food main courses may improve the public's caloric intake, it appears that the macronutrient composition of newly introduced items did not shift to a healthier profile.
Fri, 16 Sept 2016

Gyasi Chisley2016 GLC Leadership Fellow and HMP Alumnus, Gyasi Chisley, has joined United Healthcare as Global Senior Vice President.

The youngest CEO to head up Methodist Healthcare North (within the Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare System), has accepted a new position as Global Senior Vice President with United Healthcare. In his new role, Chisley will head up the creation and implementation of strategic and innovative health programs.
Tues, 13 Sept 2016

Simone SinghWith support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Simone Singh is working with researchers at the University of Washington to develop a uniform financial accounting system for local and state public health agencies.

Such a system will allow comparisons across agencies in different states to provide accurate and reliable estimates of revenues and expenditures incurred by governmental public health. In addition to developing a model uniform chart of accounts, the team will also test the feasibility of implementing such a uniform chart of accounts into public health practice with the help of 20 participating state and local public health agencies in four states (Minnesota, Missouri, New York, and West Virginia). Funding for this study is provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The project began in December 2015 and will be concluded by the end of 2017.
Mon, 12 Sept 2016

Rebecca HaffajeePreventing Opiod Misuse with Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs: Rebecca Haffajee presents a framework for evaluating the success of state public health laws. 

Prescription opiod overdose and misuse is an epidemic. State level regulatory regulatory interventions such as prescription drug monitoring programs are widespread but heterogenous. Haffajee articulates and synthesizes key criteria intended to help state regulators in evaluating and justifying prescription drug monitoring programs and other public health laws.
Fri, 9 Sept 2016

Is murder liability for prescribing Opiods really a way forward? Rebecca Haffajee and co-author Y. Tony Yang examine several cases. 

Combating opiod misuse and avoiding undertreatment  of pain will require a focus on a more judicious, informed opiod prescribing across all contexts.  Specific recommendations are proposed.
Fri, 9 Sept 2016

Andy RyanAndy Ryan is a lead on study that finds Medicare's new bundled payment for joint replacement may penalize hospitals that treat medically complex patients. 

Recent publication in Health Affairs suggest that CMS should include risk adjustment in the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement program and in future bundled payment programs.
Thurs, 8 Sept 2016

Kyle GrazierIntegrated-team delivery models vs traditional practice management for behavioral health? Kyle Grazier is part of a team that studied the largest cohort of patients, physicians or clinics involved in team-based care and longitudinal evaluation to date.

Results from JAMA study document the value of an integrated model of mental health and chronic disease care that likely can only be provided to patients who receive their care in large, integrated health systems. The most significant consequence, however unintended, of outcomes-based medical care and value-based reimbursement may be a profound change in the fundamental structure of the US health care delivery system.
Wed, 31 Aug 2016

Thomas SchwenkEditorial by Thomas L. Schwenk, former UMHS Chair of Family Medicine and Co-Director of the Depression Center, draws conclusions about integrated models of behavioral health and chronic disease.

Results of study by Reiss-Brennan et al are reported in JAMA and suggest the value of coordinated team relationships within a delivery system emphasizing the integration of physical and mental health care yet acknowledge challenges.
Wed, 31 Aug 2016

Daniel EisenbergDaniel Eisenberg, in partnership with the Department of Athletics and the UM Depression Center, co-leads the Athletes Connected project on student athlete mental health.

The Athletes Connected program, developed with initial funding from an NCAA Innovations in Research and Practice Grant, is a unique collaboration between the University of Michigan School of Public Health, Depression Center, and Athletic Department to increase awareness of mental health issues, reduce the stigma of help-seeking, and promote positive coping skills among student athletes. Will Heininger, an important member of the project team, will be joining HMP as a new HSOP PhD student this fall--he is featured in one of the project's videos.
Thurs, 18 Aug 2016

Peter JacobsonWith support from the de Beaumont Foundation, Peter Jacobson examines the legal issues contributing to the Flint Water Crisis.

The ongoing Flint water crisis is a terrible tragedy. It is an unfortunate reminder that our communities are endangered when health is not considered in policymaking. To ensure that future policy decisions incorporate the lessons learned from this preventable disaster, this project will address the complex legal arrangements at the heart of the crisis.
Wed, 17 Aug 2016

John AyanianA framework developed and described by Avedis Donabedian in 1966, "Evaluating the Quality of Medical Care," is still important today.

"Efforts to improve the structure, processes and outcomes of health care must be inseparably linked with genuine care and concern about the needs of our patients."
Mon, 8 Aug 2016

Rich HirthCould Clinton's health care proposals work? Hirth and Ayanian explain the public option.

As the spotlight shifts from the Republican to Democratic convention, Hillary Clinton's plans for health care reform, including a proposed new "public option" for health insurance for some Americans, may draw greater attention from voters.
Wed, 27 Jul 2016