CHRT formed in 2007 as a partnership between the University of Michigan and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, designed with a mission to increase the use of evidence-based care, improve population health and expand access to care. With years of demonstrated success in informing real-world policy-making and program implementation, CHRT now works with new partners, to provide impartial, evidence-based policy and data analyses.
Marianne Udow-Phillips was hired as the founding Executive Director when the CHRT offices opened in September 2007 and she has served in this capacity continuously since.
Since its founding, the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation (CHRT) has informed policy decisions that have impacted the health care landscape in Michigan and beyond. CHRT has directly contributed to a body of health services research and analyses for policy makers, run demonstration projects to show how health and health care can be improved and helped researchers become more effective at creating and disseminating research. See Impact for more information.
CHRT is now using the skills and capabilities we developed over the past decade on new projects with added partners. Together, CHRT and our partners are working to further improve health and health care in Michigan and nationally.
In seeking new partners, we intend to deepen our community-based work and help additional organizations make informed, data-driven decisions on initiatives to implement and interventions that work. CHRT remains committed to providing impartial, evidence-based policy and data analyses, as well as serving as a unifying organization at the community level. CHRT will continue bringing community agencies together and connecting the medical care system, public health, mental health, and social safety net providers to improve population health.