Health Management and Policy

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Increasing Diversity in Public Health

Effective change takes effective changemakers. Today, we talk to a few changemakers who are dedicated to improving diversity in public health and healthcare leadership. Research has long shown that the most effective way to improve health for any community is to have public health leaders from that community involved in the day-to-day decision making around the care of that population. Pipeline programs, like the University of Michigan’s Summer Enrichment Program, create avenues for students from underrepresented communities to be exposed to careers in public health, healthcare management, and policy-making. Increasing diversity in public health is both a macro mission, taken on by universities and programs around the country, as well as an individual one, best exemplified by committed mentors who do what they can to support their students. Read more

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Inequity in Health Care Delivery

In this episode of Population Healthy Season 3: Race, Inequity, and Closing the Health Gap, we talk with experts about how inequities occur in health care settings and how who you are can impact your quality of care. Research has found that people of color may not only have less access to health care, but that the quality of care they do receive may also be lesser, and they may even face discrimination from providers. All of these factors can lead to dangerous outcomes such as a reluctance to seek care, delayed treatment, or even misdiagnoses. Read more

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Mental Health on Campus: Reshaping Higher Ed to Help Students Thrive

Experts from the University of Michigan School of Public Health come together to assess the state of mental health on campuses nationwide and the ways higher education can reshape learning environments to nurture and empower diverse student populations, and in turn, set them up for healthy lives. Read more

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Mobile Health: Supporting Your Health Beyond the Clinic

Experts from the University of Michigan School of Public Health discuss how public health professionals are using mobile devices, smartphone apps, and texting to create health management plans, and the latest research on how technology can help improve the health of individuals and global populations. Read more

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Aging in America: Addressing the Complexities of Longer Lives and an Aging Population

With Americans living longer than ever before, how do we stay healthy as we get older? Experts from Michigan Public Health dive into the public health issues facing an aging population — from healthcare costs to alzheimer’s prevention, and the importance of our families and furry friends — and explore how we can ensure longer, happier, and healthier lives for all. Read more