Six U-M researchers selected for CHRT Policy Fellowship


The Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation today announced the 2015 class of the CHRT Policy Fellowship at U-M.

Now in its fourth year, the fellowship program focuses on building connections between health services research and policy for more effective, evidence-based health policy decisions.

The 2015 class brings six researchers from U-M and six Lansing policymakers together to learn from a broad range of health policy leaders and subject matter experts, and to learn from each other.

Beginning today, fellows will meet in Ann Arbor for seven, daylong seminars on health policy topics relevant to researchers and policy makers alike, plus travel to Lansing, Detroit and Washington, D.C., to see health care — and policy — in motion.

“Already we have begun to see how building a common knowledge-base for researchers and policy makers can lead to profound changes,” says Marianne Udow-Phillips, CHRT’s director.

“Whether it is CHRT Policy Fellows working to broaden access to key services like dental care in Michigan or calling for standardization in child passenger seats, strengthening the connection between research and policy has the potential to not just improve health policy, but improve the lives of Michigan residents.”

The 2015 class of University of Michigan research fellows includes:

• Frank Ascione, professor of clinical and social and administrative sciences, College of Pharmacy.

• Dr. Colin Cooke, assistant professor of internal medicine, Medical School.

• Jorge Delva, professor of social work and associate dean for research, School of Social Work.

• Karen Farris, Charles R Walgreen III Professor of Pharmacy Administration, professor of social and administrative sciences and interim chair, Department of Clinical, Social, and Administrative Sciences, College of Pharmacy.

• Dr. Brahmajee Nallamothu, associate professor of internal medicine, Medical School

• Dr. Sameer Saini, assistant professor of internal medicine, Medical School; research scientist, VA Center for Clinical Management Research.

The 2015 class of policy fellows, also includes 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. They are:

• Victoria Baron, legislative director, Rep. Winnie Brinks, D-Grand Rapids.

• Shane Henson, deputy chief of staff, Sen. David Knezek, D-Dearborn Heights.

• Megan Petzko-Sweet, policy adviser, House Republican Policy Office.

• Jamie Zaniewski, policy adviser, Senate Majority Policy Office.

• Jonathan So, senior director of customer Initiatives, Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce.

• Jon Villasurda, policy analyst, Program Policy Division, Medical Services Administration, Michigan Department of Community Health.

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


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