UM-Dearborn Ford Collaboratory opens (photo)

UM-Dearborn has unveiled the Ford Collaboratory, developed with a $250,000 gift from the Ford Motor Co. Fund. Within the Mardigian Library, it provides an innovative site for students, faculty and community partners to work. It also serves as the launch workspace for the Office of Metropolitan Impact, which provides seed grants to faculty participating in civic engagement and integrated learning projects.

Grant funds dialysis facilities review

The Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center has received a five-year, $17.6 million federal grant to develop new measures to evaluate dialysis facilities in the United States with the goal of improving renal health care, saving lives and reducing cost. The work, funded by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, is crucial since end-stage renal disease is deadly, costly and growing.

UM-Flint wins grant for childcare costs

The UM-Flint Early Childhood Development Center has been awarded a $500,000 grant to help students cover childcare costs while they attend classes. The grant from the U.S. Department of Education is over four years, to support the participation of low-income parents in higher education. To better serve students attending evening classes, the ECDC will expand its operating hours to 6 a.m.-10 p.m., effective winter semester.

Michigan Value Collaborative opens

The U-M Health System, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network have launched the Michigan Value Collaborative, an initiative aimed at helping hospitals statewide understand their practice patterns compared with their peers, better manage costs and improve outcomes for patients. The collaborative will provide hospitals with timely feedback about utilization and payment, comparing hospitals on cost and variation based on claims data.

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