CHRT Policy Fellows focus on national health


Six University of Michigan health services researchers spent nearly three days immersed in national health policy, learning how policies are formed “inside the Beltway” as part of the 2014 Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation Policy Fellowship.

The CHRT Policy Fellowship focuses on building connections between health services research and policy to create more effective, evidence-based health policy decisions. In addition to the six U-M researchers, the 2014 class includes six Lansing policymakers.

Since January, fellows have attended interactive seminars in Ann Arbor, hearing from a broad range of health policy leaders and experts on topics relevant to researchers and policymakers during the four-month program.

The group also traveled to Detroit, Lansing and Washington, D.C., to better understand the policymaking environment at the local, state and national levels, respectively.

The 2014 class of U-M research fellows are:

• Hae Mi Choe, director of Innovative Ambulatory Pharmacy Practices at the U-M Health System and clinical associate professor of pharmacy.

• David W. Hutton, Searle Assistant Professor of Health Management and Policy at the School of Public Health, and assistant professor of industrial and operations engineering at the College of Engineering.

• Dr. Kevin A. Kerber, associate professor of neurology at the Medical School.

• Dr. Deborah A. Levine, assistant professor of medicine in the division of general medicine at the Medical School, research scientist at the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs Center for Clinical Management Research, and a staff physician at the Ann Arbor VA Healthcare System.

• Dr. Peter J. Polverini, professor of dentistry and dean emeritus at the School of Dentistry, and professor of pathology at the Medical School.

• Dr. Beth Tarini, assistant professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases at the Medical School, and a faculty investigator in the Child Health Evaluation and Research Unit at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.

The 2014 class of policy fellows, including staff from the offices of Michigan’s Senate and House majority and minority leaders, the Michigan Department of Community Health and the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, are:

• Bryanna McGarry, legislative aide, office of Sen. Jim Ananich.

• Michael Telliga, chief of staff, office of Sen. John Moolenaar.

• Emily Schwarzkopf, policy analyst, Democratic Caucus.

• Michael Krombeen, legislative aide, office of Rep. Rob VerHeulen.

• Brad Barron, clinic policy analyst, Michigan Department of Community Health.

• Lindsay Case, director of government relations, Detroit Regional Chamber.

The fellowship is guided with support and leadership from UMHS, the School of Public Health and the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation.


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