Policymakers, U-M researchers learn with, from one another in CHRT Policy Fellowship

March 7, 2016

Policymakers, U-M researchers learn with, from one another in CHRT Policy Fellowship

Six University of Michigan health services researchers have joined six Lansing policymakers as members of the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation (CHRT) Policy Fellowship at the University of Michigan.

Together, the 12 fellows form the CHRT Policy Fellowship’s 2016 class, which is now in its fifth year.
The fellowship program builds connections between health services research and policy for more effective, evidence-based health policy decisions. Since 2012, CHRT has brought policymakers and researchers together to learn from a broad range of health policy leaders and subject matter experts, and from each other.

Fellows meet in Ann Arbor for seven, day-long 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.

The 2016 class of University of Michigan (U-M) research fellows:

  • Megan A. Adams, M.D., J.D., M.Sc., clinical lecturer, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, U-M Medical School
  • Brian Callaghan, M.D., assistant professor, Department of Neurology, U-M Medical School
  • Amir Ghaferi, M.D., M.S., assistant professor, Department of Surgery, U-M Medical School, and assistant professor, Management & Organizations, U-M Ross School of Business
  • Edie Kieffer, Ph.D., M.P.H., professor, U-M School of Social Work
  • Paula Anne Newman-Casey, M.D., M.S., assistant professor, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, U-M Medical School
  • Shitanshu Uppal, M.D., assistant professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, U-M Medical School

The 2016 class of policy fellows, including staff from the offices of Michigan’s senate and house majority and minority leaders and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services:

  • Tom Curtis, M.P.A., Departmental Specialist, Office of Health Policy and Innovation, MDHHS
  • Annalisa Grunwald, J.D., policy analyst, House Democratic Policy Office (D)
  • Dion’trae Hayes, M.P.A., interim supervisor, Lansing Township
  • Tiana Korley, J.D., M.H.A., associate general counsel, University of Michigan
  • Nick Plescia, M.P.P., legislative director, Senator Patrick Colbeck (R)
  • Sarah Smock, health policy and agriculture advisor, Senate Majority Policy Office (R)

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

All six U-M researchers are also members of IHPI.

Visit the CHRT fellowship webpage (www.chrt.org/fellowship) to learn more about the program and to register for future application announcements.