CHRT Policy Fellowship at the University of Michigan

The CHRT Policy Fellowship at the University of Michigan offers the opportunity for state policy-makers and University of Michigan health services researchers to explore and strengthen the connections between public policy and health services research.

The CHRT Policy Fellowship brings together selected health services researchers and state policy-makers over five months to learn from health care experts—and each other—about policy-making, health services research, and the intersection between the two.

The fellowship includes mid-career/senior health services researchers from the University of Michigan, and policy-makers selected from the offices of Michigan’s House and Senate majority and minority leaders, the governor’s office and the Michigan Department of Community Health. Throughout the program, fellows work collaboratively on a project designed to translate research for a policy audience.

Regular sessions in Ann Arbor consist of on-site experiences and seminar-style presentations on public health policy and current issues affecting health policy and practice in Michigan and on the national level.

Speakers include top executives and administrators in health care policy and practice, senior health services researchers, and key stakeholders within the field of health policy from within the University of Michigan community and other organizations. Past speakers have included:

  • Darrell A. Campbell, Jr., M.D., the University of Michigan Hospital and Health Centers’ chief medical officer
  • Stephen Fitton, Michigan’s state Medicaid director
  • Robert D. Fowler, the Small Business Association of Michigan’s president and chief executive officer
  • Steven Hilfinger, Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs’ director
  • Jim Bagian, M.D., Chief Patient Safety and Systems Innovation Officer at the University of Michigan Health System
  • Rick Pluta, Michigan Public Radio Network’s state capitol bureau chief
  • Thomas L. Simmer, M.D., Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s senior vice president and chief medical officer

Fellows also travel to Washington, D.C., to meet with policy-makers and gain exposure to the national policymaking environment, and engage in hands-on state health policy experience during trips to Detroit and Lansing.

Goals

The goals of the CHRT Policy Fellowship at the University of Michigan are:

  • To build connections between Michigan policy-makers and University of Michigan health services researchers
  • To provide health services researchers with a better understanding of the policy-making process and ways to increase the impact of University of Michigan health services research on public health policy
  • To provide Michigan policy-makers with increased knowledge of the research process and access to the resources available at the University of Michigan to support health policy work

Time Commitment

  • Seven full-day, interactive sessions in Ann Arbor; these sessions include time set aside for networking opportunities with speakers and each other
  • A three day trip to Washington, D.C. and day trips to Lansing and Detroit
  • Orientation briefing on the Michigan legislative process and state government structure for researcher fellows
  • A welcome and networking luncheon including fellowship alumni
  • Additional time as needed to complete assigned readings and projects

Deliverables and Resources

Researcher and policy-maker fellows will work together collaboratively to define, develop, and present a final project—based on the researcher’s own work—to translate research for a policy audience. The project will be one of the following:

  • Writing and presenting testimony
  • Developing a one-pager
  • Writing an op-ed or participating in other media opportunities
  • Briefing legislators and staff or other policymakers
  • Developing an issue brief
  • Consulting for appropriate state agencies

Marianne Udow-Phillips, director of CHRT, and the fellowship steering committee are available to mentor the fellows. Administrative, communications, and other support are available from CHRT staff.

Connections with outside resources can be established through CHRT to help support the work (e.g., state fiscal agencies, state departments, and other cross-disciplinary academic experts).

To Apply

Register here to inquire about the 2015 CHRT Policy Fellowship

Questions?

To ask questions about the fellowship, contact: CHRT-2014fellowship-application@umich.edu.

2014 Curriculum Topics and Schedule

Session date/time Session Focus Topics
January 17
11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Welcome Lunch Welcome and networking lunch Overview of the fellowship and Hot Topics session
January 24
10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Pre-fellowship Orientation Session Legislative briefing (researchers only) Orientation to the legislative process in Michigan
February 7
8:45 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Session 1 Introduction to health policy and insurance The Affordable Care Act; public health, health care coverage and Medicaid in Michigan.
February 14
8:45 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Session 2 State health policy; health insurance; health information technology Health information technology; health disparities; health insurance rating and underwriting; translating research into policy
February 28
8:45 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Session 3 UMHS Day Population health; the ACA and the health system; workforce issues; health care financing
March 14
8:45 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Session 4 Advocacy Day Overview and case studies of effective advocacy
March 18
8:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Lansing Trip Working with the state Meet with key state legislators and health policy staff
March 28
8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Session 5 Detroit trip: Health disparities Understand the health challenges in Detroit; visit representative safety-net clinics
April 11
8:45 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Session 6 Media Day Writing an op-ed; working with the media; media panel
April 23–25 Washington D.C. Trip Federal health policy Meetings with key congressional staff and organizations
May 9
8:45 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Session 7 Cost and variation of care; clinical research initiatives Cost and drivers of health spending; small and large business perspectives; cutting-edge clinical issues
May 16
8:45 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Session 8 Final Session International health comparisons; final presentations and award ceremony

Fellowship Steering Committee

Rick Bossard, Government Relations Officer, University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers

Mark Cook, Vice President, Governmental Affairs, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Eileen Kostanecki, Senior Health Policy Adviser, Office of Federal Affairs, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Jenifer Martin, Government Affairs Manager, University of Michigan, School of Public Health

Deidra Wilson, Manager, Governmental Affairs, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Marianne Udow-Phillips, Director, Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation (CHRT)

Fellowship Staff

Leah Hatch-Vallier, Program Manager

Heather Guenther, Communications and Public Relations

Babette Levy, Staff Support