Strategic Initiatives & Programs



We recognize that our nation’s health and healthcare system face immense challenges, which seem to grow more daunting, complex, and entrenched over time. However, we are certain that IHPI’s 500+ members have the expertise, passion, and commitment to address these challenges. To accelerate these efforts, we have strategically identified areas of significance in which to foster even greater innovation and collaboration among our members for the biggest impact. 


The Strategic Initiatives Catalyst was created to identify, prioritize, launch and evaluate signature projects aligned with IHPI's strategic priorities in research and education/training. These initiatives build upon IHPI’s established record in health services and health policy research, and include programs and projects which: 

  • Align with IHPI’s mission and priorities
  • Address local, regional, national or global healthcare priorities and/or align with U-M priorities
  • Draw upon multidisciplinary experts across the U-M campus
  • Provide benefit to IHPI community and/or have potential to be self-sustaining
  • Are suitable for rigorous evaluation
  • Would not be possible without resources available or created within IHPI 


Healthy Aging

Our sights are set on improving the quality, efficiency, responsiveness, and cost of healthcare for older adults by developing a more thorough understanding of their needs and values, and of the policies and systems that support their health. By tapping into the perspectives of older adults and their caregivers, we will inform providers, policymakers, and the public on issues related to health, health care, and health policy affecting Americans 50 years of age and older. We aim to inform decisions around healthy aging and contribute to new avenues of research and discovery that can benefit this population. Please visit the National Poll on Healthy Aging website for more information. 

Opioid Overuse and Abuse

Through prevention, intervention, and education, IHPI researchers aim to disrupt the epidemic of prescription opioid addiction now affecting every age group - from our nation’s youth to the elderly.

One such effort, entitled Michigan OPEN (Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network) utilizes robust networks of providers throughout the state of Michigan to systematically improve prescribing practices in order to eliminate continued postoperative use of opioids long after surgery, and thereby reduce the unintended distribution of opioids into our local communities which can lead to nonmedical use and abuse. By heading off this problem at the source, we hope to prevent the misuse of these powerful drugs within our state, and share best practices with the rest of the country.   

Michigan Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network

Community Health Workers

Health reform has created an unprecedented opportunity to build on the effective work of community health workers (CHWs). To this end, IHPI is supporting the development of broad initiatives for increasing the impact of community health workers by targeting high-priority populations within and beyond the city of Detroit  By working collaboratively with multiple health plans serving Medicaid enrollees in Detroit, and focusing in particular on high and low utilizers of healthcare services, IHPI will work to assess the impact of an innovative CHW program on health service utilization, health status, quality of life, satisfaction with care, and reductions in care gaps. Ultimately the goal is to promote standardized CHW workforce training and sustainable CHW financing models and policies to other CHW programs in the state.

Healthy Michigan Plan Evaluation

Our review of Medicaid expansion in Michigan seeks to evaluate the Healthy Michigan Plan's impact on the health of Michiganders and the state’s health care system. We are studying whether this plan reduces costs, improves health behaviors and outcomes, and improves access to effective care. We are looking at these questions from a variety of perspectives, most importantly those of the people in communities who are directly affected by these changes unfolding in healthcare reform.

Healthy Michigan Plan

Value of Care

IHPI is bringing together leaders in health services research, management, quality improvement, healthcare design, and clinical care to identify, implement, and evaluate ways to more rapidly enhance value in health care. By developing initiatives to assess and enhance the appropriateness of clinical services, we are working to reduce low-value and increase high-value care activities in our own health system, with the goal of informing state and federal policies which promote the delivery of high value health care services across the country.