Tammy Chang, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.
Dr. Chang is engaged in community-based research that focuses on health and policy issues affecting teen mothers and their children. Her research looks at how using new media (text messaging and social media) could reduce obesity among adolescent mothers, as well as analyzing policies to improve access to reproductive services among at-risk women. Additionally, Dr. Chang is a member of IHPI’s Early Career Faculty Advisory Council (ECFAC).
- M.D., University of Michigan
- M.P.H., Health Policy and Management, University of Michigan
- M.S., Health and Healthcare Research, University of Michigan
- B.S., Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of Michigan
Health Services Research & Policy Focus
What are you thinking about?
Who or what influences the everyday behaviors of Americans? Apple Inc.? McDonald's? Facebook? What can I learn from them to improve health on a population level? How can those of us in health care collaborate in innovative ways with corporations to market healthy behaviors?
Why is this interesting to you?
My goal is to help all people live their lives to the fullest; optimal health is vital to reaching that goal. Adequate health care allows people to do what they would like to do and what they need to do for themselves, their families and their communities.
What are the practical implications for healthcare?
I believe there are ways to leverage technology and strategies to improve health that are already important parts of people's daily lives (i.e., social media, mobile technology, marketing) versus interventions that add elements that interrupt their daily routines and habits.