Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan and MPHI Supporting Promotion of Breastfeeding in Tribal Communities
The Center for Healthy Communities at MPHI partnered with the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan (ITCM) and Tribes throughout Michigan on their Breastfeeding Project, to create a practical toolkit for tribal community members and practitioners who are working toward creating worksite environments that promote and support breastfeeding. The project, funded through the National REACH Coalition (a CDC Community Transformation Grant National Network grantee), aims to increase the number of infants who are breastfed within all Michigan tribal communities, to positively impact obesity and other chronic diseases. The toolkit contains culturally relevant information, images, tools, and resources for increasing understanding and implementation of workplace policies and practices that support breastfeeding by employers and tribal leaders.
To view or download a copy of the toolkit, please visit the ITCM website: http://www.itcmi.org/departments/maternal-and-early-childhood-services/
Avian Influenza A (H7N9) Virus
On April 1, 2013, the World Health Organization (WHO) first reported 3 human infections with a new influenza A (H7N9) virus in China. Since then, additional cases have been reported
MPHI Launches Performance Management/Quality Improvement Training for State, Local, and Tribal Public Health Practitioners
We are pleased to share with the public health community a new online performance management training designed specifically with and for state, local, and tribal public health practitioners.
Federal Agency Honors Michigan’s Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Project
The Health Resources and Services Administration, a Department of Health and Human Services federal agency, awarded the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) TBI Services and Prevention Council (SPC) the 2013 Federal TBI Program Award for Most Adapted State Agency Grant Product. This award recognizes Michigan for developing a widely used or recognized product that has been adapted for use in other states.
DCH Director Haveman: Health Care Changes Coming
The state can expect some substantial changes in the way health care is delivered in the coming years, and the Department of Community Health will help to coordinate those changes, Director Jim Haveman told the House Health Policy Committee on Tuesday. While there have been some changes, much of the health care system still concentrates on curing illness rather than on wellness, and the system is too fragmented, Mr. Haveman told committee members.
Mental health care, said the former director of the Department of Mental Health, is a prime example of the fragmentation. "When we first started this system, people in physical health wanted nothing to do with people with mental illness, so we crated this whole community mental health system, and quite successfully," he said. "But now the effort is coordinating services."
Some of the change, he said, will be driven by the new federal health care law. The law, for instance, prohibits reimbursements to emergency rooms for patients who return to them often, he said. "Now that emergency rooms are not being reimbursed for multiple users of emergency rooms, hospitals said we've got to do something different," he said. In many cases, they are developing clinics for those who do not truly need emergency care, he said.
But he said the goal is to get all residents into a "medical home" where residents' ongoing health is tracked. "We're moving in the United States away from a curative model that is more hospital-based to one that is more preventative and puts more emphasis on personal responsibility," he said. One of the department's goals, he said, is to ensure residents have access to those preventative services. "We touch everybody in the state," Mr. Haveman said. "We want the community you represent to be healthy. We know there are gaps. We're going to work on those gaps." The trick, he said, will be not interfering with the wellness programs many health care providers and businesses already have in place. "We want to complement it," he said.
But he said 88 percent of health care costs are related to lifestyle choices. "If we start focusing in on those, we can change that curve of the cost of health care," he said.
Some of the effort to fill the gaps and change the course of health care will come from a new innovation fund that will be announced as part of the budget on Thursday, Mr. Haveman said. Some of the coordination will come through better use of electronic medical records and other technology, he said. "I want a shared IT system in this state that works," he said.
Mr. Haveman did not, though, have a ready answer to questions from Rep. Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) whether any of the state's efforts at health care reform might duplicate efforts at the federal level. "We have a limited amount of resources to spread around," Mr. Shirkey said. And Mr. Haveman said the state is largely making the most of the funds it has. Improvements, he said, will come at the local level.
One area where the state will be leading change is in long-term care. "There've been a lot of attempts to look at long term care, but we'll do that constructively and with long term care folks at the table," he said. As part of that effort, the Michigan Quality Community Care Council will be returning to the mix, Mr. Haveman said, noting he is now a member of the council. "There's been a lot of controversy regarding that," he said of the council, not directly mentioning the union of home health care workers that had been created under the name of the council, the reason it had funding pulled by past legislatures. Mr. Haveman said the program did provide important services. "The registry and the criminal checks is an important part of that process," he said of providing home health care. "The registry is going to be taken over and will continue, as will the background checks."
The registry needs work and some marketing, he said, noting there are currently only 300 service providers listed on it.
Improving the state's health care system is not only important for well-being of residents, but also for their employment, Mr. Haveman said. A strong health care system attracts other development, he said. "(Businesses) want to see a stable delivery system; they want to see heath care costs reasonable," he said. In part that will mean the state helping local hospitals to remain healthy. "When it closes, the businesses leave, so we got to do everything we can to keep the system stable," he said of local hospitals.
There is not, however, a current plan on the table from the administration to change the certificate of need process, Mr. Haveman said, either in response to changes in federal health care laws or changes in the overall marketplace.
Mr. Haveman did not say whether Governor Rick Snyder would be proposing to expand Medicaid as allowed under the ACA.
MPHI‘s Director of the National Center for Child Death Review Raising Awareness About Violence Against Children.
In the aftermath of the mass murder of 20 children at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School, child advocates are trying to raise awareness of the alarming rate that kids in America continue to be victims of violence, and questioning why it goes largely unreported and unrecognized by the public.
The National Network of Public Health Institutes selects Dr. Vincent Lafronza as its new CEO (more)
Created in 2001 as a forum for public health institutes (PHIs), today NNPHI convenes its members and partners at the local, state, and national levels in efforts to address critical health issues. NNPHI's mission is to support national public health system initiatives and strengthen PHIs to promote multi-sector activities resulting in measurable improvements of public health structures, systems, and outcomes.
For more information, please click here.
Annual Child Death Review Report Released, Recommends Prevention Strategies
The 9th annual report on child fatalities in Michigan is now available. The report is based on data collected from local teams who reviewed the deaths of the children in their communities in 2009 and 2010, and contains recommendations to state policymakers on ways that future children's deaths may be prevented.
More than 1,200 community representatives in 62 counties reviewed 1,283 child deaths and determined that more than half (61 percent) were preventable.
The report includes recommendations for increased education campaigns to prevent drug overdoses by teens, and new laws requiring health practitioners to uniformly educate parents on how to prevent sleep-related infant deaths.
In the report's section on sleep-related infant deaths, it notes that "in locations where the most thorough and vigorous scene investigations and caregiver interviews are conducted, the number of deaths to infants who were known to have been on their backs, alone and in a crib free of suffocation hazards drops to nearly zero."
"Although sleep-related infant deaths can and do occur in all types of families, there are groups at elevated risk. Blacks, American Indians and low-income families have experienced sleep-related infant deaths at much higher rates than other groups," according to the report.
You can download a copy of the report here.
MPHI receives $2.9 million federal award to improve children’s genetic services in 7 states
MPHI Systems Reform received a Notice of Award from the Department of Health & Human Services, Maternal and Child Health Bureau for the Region 4 Genetics Collaborative. The project award was $2,993,000 and will support regional collaborative work of families, genetic service providers, newborn screening laboratories, and public health. Stakeholders from Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin will work together over the next five years to accomplish the following goals: 1) Improve effective follow-up for children who have genetic conditions; 2) Improve access to genetic services for children who have genetic conditions and their families; 3) Increase the number of children who have genetic conditions and their families who receive quality genetic services; and 4) Improve the timely adoption and implementation of SACHDNC recommendations by Region 4 states.
Department of Defense awards $1.2 million, 3-year grant award to MPHI/MSU team to research Veteran’s health needs
The Department of Defense Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Research Program Research Program of the Office of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) has awarded Dr. Adrian Blow, Michigan State University and Dr. Lisa Gorman, Michigan Public Health Institute a three-year grant for “Risk, Resiliency, and Coping in National Guard Families.” The first aim of this study is to identify characteristics of risk and resiliency associated with NG service member and family adjustment. The second aim is to describe individual and familial processes associated with adaptation to deployment and reintegration and compare these processes across different family types.
The project will expand current models of family stress and adaptation by describing the experience of deployment and reintegration among multiple members of the same family. Some of the family processes that will be useful for military family program efforts include identifying resource utilization patterns among resilient families, identifying common themes of meaning ascribed to military life by resilient families who live in both rural and urban communities, and identifying positive coping strategies utilized for NG families at different developmental stages across the life cycle.
The project will lead to improved theoretical understandings of deployment processes for military families, particularly families in the reserve component. These findings will inform development and adaptation of evidence-based family and community resilience programs and enhance methods that build and sustain strong relationships within military families. Drs. Blow and Gorman will accomplish this project through collaboration with the Michigan National Guard and partnership with colleagues at University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry and Virginia Tech Department of Human Development.
MPHI/MDCH Win CMS Innovation Award
Under this initiative, innovative projects across the country are testing creative ways to deliver high-quality health care services at lower costs. The Health Care Innovation Awards will support public and private organizations including clinicians, health systems, private and public payers, faith-based institutions, community-based organizations and local governments.
“Michigan pathways to better health”
Estimated 3-Year Savings:
The Michigan Public Health Institute, partnering with the Michigan Department of Community Health and the Community Health Access Project, is receiving an award to integrate community health workers (CHWs) into primary care teams in the county of Ingham and cities of Saginaw and Muskegon. These CHWs will coach patients on self-management of conditions and encourage regular primary care visits. In addition, the program will connect at-risk populations with local care and support services that address social determinants of health that impede achievement of positive health outcomes. This “Pathways Community Hub” model will decrease hospitalizations and emergency department visits by improving adherence to therapy, improving access to primary care and increasing use of preventive care and support services. Over a three-year period, the Michigan Public Health Institute will train over 231 people and hire 87 people to serve as community health workers, providing care self-management coaching, care navigation services, and care coordination services.
For more information, please click here.
New Quality Improvement Guidebook Available
Embracing Quality in Public Health: A Practitioner’s Quality Improvement Guidebook
(2nd edition) is now available.
The updated and expanded Guidebook reflects the practice-based experience and expertise developed through the Multi-State Learning Collaborative and other public health QI work, and features:
- Updated information about customers, clients and stakeholders; using the PDSA Cycle; writing an aim statement; using data and measuring improvement; using QI tools; and evaluation
- New information about quality fundamentals, organizing a QI project, and building a culture of quality in public health
- Real-world case studies illustrating the use of QI in public health
The Guidebook can be downloaded for free at www.mphiaccredandqi.org/guidebook.aspx
State Encourages Healthy Lifestyle to Combat Obesity
Stepping up efforts to get Michigan residents to live healthy lifestyles to combat obesity, Community Health Director Olga Dazzo announced a statewide plan to get residents to take four actions and follow four measures.
The effort plays off a proposal made last year by Governor Rick Snyder to pay attention to four measures - blood pressure, blood sugar, blood cholesterol and body mass index - to help reduce a lack of physical activity and obesity.
The proposal also encourages communities to take steps to help residents live a healthier lifestyle, by encouraging such things as walkable communities.
There is nothing new or dramatic in the four activities the state is encouraging, and the state has certainly actively encouraged improvements in these activities in the past.
The four activities are: eating a proper healthy diet, exercising regularly, getting an annual physical examination and avoiding all tobacco use. Tying that to the four measures of blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol and BMI is the 4X4 plan the state is promoting.
Ms. Dazzo officially launched the program Monday in Ypsilanti, in part to note efforts made by the Washtenaw County Public Health Department since getting state funding in 2005 to promote greater wellness. The department helped set up a farmer's market, is encouraging efforts to make communities more walkable and is trying to get provisions passed to block all tobacco use in county parks.
The department also helped set up new walking areas and other recreational activities in Recreation Park where the press conference was held.
Estimates are that 32 percent of the adults in Michigan are obese, while 17 percent of young people are obese. Michigan is one the 10 heaviest states in the U.S., and chronic health conditions that can be related to obesity cost the state an estimated $3.1 billion in 2008, Department of Community Health officials.
The state also unveiled websites
it said could help individuals plan changes to embark on a healthier lifestyle.
Drowning is Leading Cause of Unintentional Death Worldwide (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Drowning is a leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide, and the highest rates are among children (1). Overall, drowning death rates in the United States have declined in the last decade; however, drowning is the leading cause of injury death among children aged 1–4 years (2,3). In 2001, approximately 3,300 persons died from unintentional drowning in recreational water settings, and an estimated 5,600 were treated in emergency departments (EDs) (4). To update information on the incidence and characteristics of fatal and nonfatal unintentional drowning in the United States, CDC analyzed death certificate data from the National Vital Statistics System and injury data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System – All Injury Program (NEISS-AIP) for 2005–2009. The results indicated that each year an average of 3,880 persons were victims of fatal drowning and an estimated 5,789 persons were treated in U.S. hospital EDs for nonfatal drowning. Death rates and nonfatal injury rates were highest among children aged ≤4 years; these children most commonly drowned in swimming pools. The drowning death rate among males (2.07 per 100,000 population) was approximately four times that for females (0.54). To prevent drowning, all parents and children should learn survival swimming skills. In addition, 1) environmental protections (e.g., isolation pool fences and lifeguards) should be in place; 2) alcohol use should be avoided while swimming, boating, water skiing, or supervising children; 3) lifejackets should be used by all boaters and weaker swimmers; and 4) all caregivers and supervisors should have training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
Reduce Your Risk of Drowning (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
When you're spending the day splashing around at the pool, beach or lake, drowning may not be the first thing on your mind. Yet drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the United States and kills more toddlers 1-4 years old than anything but birth defects.1 About ten people die every day from unintentional drowning. Of these, two are children 14 or younger. The good news is that most of these deaths are predictable and preventable. Being aware of the risks and taking safety precautions are proven ways to prevent drowning injuries and deaths. Learn the facts and take action to protect yourself and the ones you love from drowning.
MPHI's Anissa DeVlaminck now a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP)
The Convention and Industry Council is pleased to announce that 489 individuals passed the January 7, 2012 CMP examination. The examination was held in 15 locations throughout North America as well as Italy, Japan, Singapore, and South Korea.
The Michigan Public Health Institute's (MPHI's) Center for Child and Family Health department would like to congratulate our employee, Anissa DeVlaminck, CMP on her successful completion of this intensive study and training program.
Click here to read entire press release
MPHI's Annual Report wins national 2011 Aster Award for "Excellence in Medical Marketing"
Michigan Surpassing 48 States Shows Autos Drive US Economy
Nov. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Michigan’s economy is recovering from the recession at the second-fastest pace in the U.S., lifted by reviving carmakers and local manufacturers, according to a new Bloomberg index that tracks the pace of state growth.
The home to the U.S. automobile industry was topped only by North Dakota, where an oil boom is raising incomes and boosting government coffers at the nation’s quickest rate. California, Massachusetts and Illinois round out the top five in the Bloomberg Economic Evaluation of States Index, which uses data on real estate, jobs, taxes and stock prices to gauge the growth rate in 50 states and the District of Columbia.
to read the entire article.
National Center for the Review & Prevention of Child Deaths Releases Summer 2011 Newsletter
to read the Summer 2011 Newsletter.
Foundations Can Drive Investments in Public Health Infrastructure
Investing in our public health infrastructure saves lives.
That’s the bottom-line message of a recent Health Affairs article entitled Evidence Links Increases in Public Health Spending to Declines in Preventable Deaths. Its authors lay out the most compelling case possible for more public health spending. People are alive and healthy today who would not be if money had not been put into public health in the past twenty years.
to read the full article.
MPHI Announces Healthy Food Drive
The Michigan Public Health Institute (“MPHI”) will host a healthy food drive to benefit the Greater Lansing Food Bank (“GLFB”). The food drive will begin Monday, August 15, 2011, and run through Friday, September 2, 2011.
The Greater Lansing Food Bank has been hit with difficulties lately. Their walk-in freezer quit during our recent heat-wave which requires repair costs around $30,000, the generator needs to be repaired, catalytic converters were stolen off their trucks in the spring, and earlier this week a lightning strike caused power outages near the Lansing facility. During the outage, seven tires
disappeared from two of the food bank's refrigerated and freezer trucks. Add this to our tough economic situation and it all adds up to great need in our community. I'm hoping I can count on MPHI to help meet some of that need.
The Greater Lansing Food Bank is a non-profit organization that provides emergency food to individuals and families in need in Ingham, Eaton, and Clinton counties. Food is distributed through an extensive network of food pantries and community kitchens located throughout the greater Lansing area. The Food Bank annually serves tens of thousands of people, many of them seniors and children. Our recipients also include the “working poor,” those individuals who are employed but don’t earn enough to
meet housing, health, transportation, and food needs.
to read the entire Press Release
MPHI named as foundation intermediary for the Michigan Convergence Partnership aimed at promoting healthy people and healthy places
to read Convergence Partnership: Healthy People, Healthy Places
MPHI's Teri Covington testifies to Congress on Child Deaths Due to Maltreatments
MPHI's Teri Covington, Senior Program Director of the National Resource Center for Child Death Review testified in front of the Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources, U.S. House of Representatives, on July 12, 2011.
to read Teri Covington's full testimony.
to read Child Maltreatment: Strengthening National Data on Child Fatalities Could Aid in Prevention
Child Deaths in Michigan 2007 - 2008
The report on Child Deaths in Michigan 2007-2008 (Click here to view report
) was released this past Friday by the Department of Human Services. In this two-year period 3,121 children died in Michigan. While the number falls each year, local review teams believe half of these deaths could have been prevented through different actions by parents or other caregivers, less risky behaviors by adolescents and/or earlier intervention taken by public support teams. MPHI’s Center for Children and Families coordinates the work of local review teams, maintains the statewide data reporting system, and compiled information for this report. Please contact Shannon Stotenbur-Wing, Project Director for further information at 517.324-7353 or email@example.com
MPHI Awarded Five-Year, $4.5 Million Federal Grant
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded MPHI a five-year, $4.5 million grant in April to fund the "Inborn Errors of Metabolism Collaborative" (IBEMC) project through NIH's R01 program, the agency's oldest grant mechanism.
MPHI's Systems Reform Program Director, Cynthia Cameron, Ph.D., and Susan Barry, M.D., of the University of Minnesota, are principal investigators for the project. Newborn blood spot screening is a critical public health responsibility, but for most newborn-screened disorders there is no comprehensive, long-term assessment of outcomes. MPHI will serve as lead of the IBEMC. Thirteen clinic and university partners in ten states will collect longitudinal data to capture the clinical progress of persons affected with conditions identified by newborn screening (NBS), focusing on inborn errors of metabolism. Data will be used to explore survival rates, medical status, and long-term outcomes, and permit development of evidence-based treatment and management. The database will allow for investigation of:
- The relationship between NBS values, genotype and early manifestations, and complications of inborn errors of metabolism
- Current interventions for treating children with metabolic disorders
- The effectiveness of current interventions for specific metabolic disorders identified through newborn screening
The IBEMC will build on the work of the Health Resources and Services Administration-funded Region 4 Genetics Collaborative (www.region4genetics.org
), housed in MPHI's Systems Reform program. The project will be developed in collaboration with other national efforts; work began in April.
MPHI Participates in Race for the Cure
Thanks to all of the runners, walkers, and donors that made Team MPHI's participation in the Susan G. Komen "Race for the Cure" a big success. I am very proud of everyone. We finished strong and exceeded expectations.
The team had 40 members register to walk or run, and I think almost all of us actually made it to the finish line on a very cold and windy day. The team raised $1,625 in donations, which put us in 3rd place among businesses with 101-500 employees.
Six of us were among the more than 1,200 competitively timed runners. We all finished in the top half of the pack. Amy Stagg was our top finisher, placing 103rd in 22:45. Our ladies were awesome, placing 4th and 5th in the under 14 division and 2nd and 5th in the 40-44 division. Congratulations and many thanks to all!
Jeffrey Weihl, Team Captain
A Day Out with Habitat for Humanity
Consistent with MPHI’s goal to serve the local community, on April 20, 2011, the staff of the Center for Healthy Communities at MPHI had the opportunity to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity of Lansing. While staff were there to help create a safe, decent, and affordable home for a deserving family in the Lansing area, staff also had a lot of fun in the process! MPHI staff spent a full day on-site at one of the Habitat homes in Lansing, performing manual labor, including the priming and painting of the three bedrooms and painting the ceiling of the entire house. Staff were provided leadership and guidance by Charlie, Habitat builder. Following a brief orientation to the work of the organization and what has been accomplished so far in the Lansing area, staff were given instructions and training on the proper techniques and then were put right to work! Everyone contributed and got their hands dirty. It was not glorious work, but it was very rewarding. It is amazing what a small group of people can do when they put their minds to it.
“On My Back, Please” Infant Safe Sleep Campaign
Each year approximately 100 infants in Michigan die due to being placed in unsafe sleep environments. The Michigan Public Health Institute is doing its part to help our babies sleep safely. In an effort to expand the safe sleep message, MPHI provides each employee’s new family addition with a welcome present that gives parents and caregivers the tools they need to sleep their baby safely. The gift consists of a Halo® Swaddle Sleep Sack, a personalized “On My Back Please” pacifier, and a laminated sheet describing the American Academy of Pediatrics Guidelines for sleep safety for infants. MPHI plans to follow up with employees who received the safe sleep gift in order to report on behavior change based on the information received. MPHI’s hope is that parents and caregivers armed with information will place their babies in safe sleep environments. MPHI plans to present this model to several other businesses in Michigan that can duplicate the program for their employees. MPHI is dedicated to the children and families of Michigan!
View the CPSC Safe Sleep video
View the CPSC Safe Sleep video in Spanish
View the African American Outreach video
U.S. FDA and Consumer Product Safety Commission Warn Against Use of Infant Sleep Positioners, Based on Recommendations Made by a Michigan Child Death Review Team
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned consumers to stop using infant sleep positioners, based on a recommendation developed by the Michigan Child Death Review program. A CDR team member and CPSC representative brought the information to the CPSC’s and FDA’s attention.
The CPSC’s press release is available at: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10358.html
MPHI Program Director Presents at Injury Prevention Conference
For two days in October, health professionals, emergency responders, and community outreach workers met to discuss adult and pediatric injury prevention at the Michigan Injury Prevention Conference in Lansing. Participants and presenters focused on assessing communities’ injury prevention needs and designing programs to meet those needs.
MPHI Child and Adolescent Health Program Director Shannon Stotenbur-Wing, MSW, presented during the pediatric injury prevention portion of the conference, focusing on the Michigan Child Death Review program’s multidisciplinary approach to program development and to making recommendations to law and policy makers to prevent death and injury. A second presentation focused on strategies for health providers to reinforce infant safe-sleep messaging and address mixed messages within their health facility.
News from the National Child Death Review Resource Center
The National Child Death Review Resource Center is an MPHI Project directed by Teri Covington
Welcome to the inaugural issue of your National CDR Resource Center E-letter. It’s September — a time of new beginnings for children and of wistfulness for many parents. Children leave home for their first day of school, excited, maybe a little scared, bursting with good intentions, with backpacks stocked with new supplies. Parents kiss their kids goodbye, happy they have their days back but nostalgic as they sense those precious years of childhood passing by too fast. And sadly, there are far too many parents who would give anything to just once again give a hug and a whisper to their kids to have fun, be nice, pay attention, learn a lot. September is a bitter-sweet reminder that the work we do to understand the reasons causing deaths and serious injuries to children is vitally important. Click here
to read the full newsletter.
Vaccine Information for Adults
You never outgrow the need for vaccines. The specific immunizations you need as an adult are determined by factors such as your age, lifestyle, high-risk conditions, type and locations of travel, and previous immunizations. Throughout your adult life, you need immunizations to get and maintain protection against: flu, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, shingles, pneumococcal, HPV, etc. For more information, please see: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/spec-grps/adults.htm
Staying on Top of Health Reform: An Early Look at Workforce Challenges in Five States
In the summer of 2010 states were intensely engaged in the first stages of work associated with the federal health care reform law. In a report prepared for the Kaiser Family Foundation, Michigan and four other states were examined for approaches and progress. The role of MPHI in supporting Michigan’s efforts is detailed…more
The Affordable Care Act of 2010 – What Nurses Need to Know to Help Their Patients: A Guide.
MPHI-Center for Nursing Workforce & Policy is releasing a brochure The Affordable Care Act of 2010 – What Nurses Need to Know to Help Their Patients: A Guide, linked to three ACA information sheets for Seniors, Adults, and Children. This work was supported by the Michigan Public Health Training Center, located at the University of Michigan School of Public Health in the Office of Public Health Practice, and the MDCH Office of the Chief Nurse Executive in conjunction with an August 27, 2010 conference – What Public Health Nursing Needs to Know about Healthcare Reform. Please contact Elaine Beane (firstname.lastname@example.org
) if you would like free copies of the brochure, or if your organization is interested in reprinting the materials under your own logo.
MPHI Release Paper on Health Information Technology
MPHI releases a June 2010 briefing paper on Health Information Technology. Widespread adoption of health information technology (HIT) is an essential component of efforts to redesign healthcare provision in Michigan. It will provide the infrastructure for a smarter coordinated , efficient, and higher quality system of care. Specifically, HIT has the potential to: (more
Partnering for the Public's Health: The Role of Public Health Institutes as Fiscal Agents and Intermediaries
Public health institutes around the United States provide proven mechanisms to act as bona fide agents to serve as fiscal intermediaries. The institutes offer a host of competencies that add value to public health infrastructure, including policy formation, education and training and research and evaluation. Use of these mechanisms allows state and local public health agencies to preserve their authority and responsibilities while accomplishing work in an efficient and effective manner (more
MPHI Receives MAHP President's Recognition Award - July 19, 2010
"This is a discretionary award made by the MAHP President based on recommendations from members nominating organizations and/or groups that have demonstrated collaboration that assist in achieving the MAHP mission of providing affordable and accessible health care services for Michigan' s Citizens.
"We are pleased MPHI is receiving this award as we have seen the evolution of MPHI from its conception to current form and know that Michigan would not be able to provide the advocacy or administrative structure to facilitate many of our critical health care services nor would Michigan be in a position to provide the data analysis and documentation regarding the effectiveness of programs - a trait that we share with our member health plans as we promote evidence based medicine and programs."
Michigan Association of Health Plans 2010 President' s Recognition Award
Hereby presented to
MICHIGAN PUBLIC HEALTH INSTITUTE
For the tireless effort they have made in their advocacy and innovations for the provision of essential health care services for Michigan Citizens. The Michigan Public Health Institute has established a long tradition and proven track record of collaboration with the Michigan Association of Health Plans and others to achieve singular achievements for health care coverage for Medicaid, expanding preventative health programs, training health care personnel, and facilitating a new climate that encourages mutual strategic planning to meet Michigan' s future health care needs.
The Michigan Association of Health Plans wishes to extend this special President' s Recognition Award to the Michigan Public Health Institute, its staff and Board of Directors and particularly its Executive Director, Jeffrey Taylor, Ph.D., as a recognition of the value and appreciation that we have for the efforts in furthering Michigan' s health care objectives. We look forward to our continued involvement with Dr. Taylor and the Michigan Public Health Institute to accomplish our joint objectives for Health Care Reform in Michigan.
Dennis H. Smith,
President, Michigan Association of Health Plans
MPHI Board of Directors Discusses Health Care Reform
The following presentations review the new National Health Care Legislation and relates it to Public Health opportunities.
Click here to view the presentations.
Health Care Reform and Community Health Center Expansion
Douglas M. Paterson, MPA
Director of State Policy
Michigan Primary Care Association
Andrea Charlton, MPH, MSW
Community Health Planning Specialist
Michigan Primary Care Association
Public Health Aspects of Health Care Reform
MPHI Board President
Deputy Director, Michigan Department of Community Health
Maternal and Child Health Features of Health Care Reform
Alethia Carr, Director
Bureau of Family, Maternal & Child Health
Michigan Department of Community Health
Click here to view the presentations.
MPHI Webcasting Wins Rich Media Impact Award - Government
The 2010 winner is Michigan Public Health Institute (MPHI) for using rich media webcasting to assist them in overcoming public information and outreach challenges within many state agencies in Michigan. With the help of Mediasite, MPHI worked with Michigan Women, Infants and Children program to produce multi-language constituent-outreach to educate families about a new food program. MPHI also worked with the Unemployment Insurance Agency to effectively inform and answer questions from unemployed workers. In addition to helping MPHI overcome communication difficulties in these instances, MPHI has also lowered training costs, seeing a 256 percent return on investment by using Mediasite in lieu of face-to-face training.
Click here to read the full article.
MPHI Highlighted in GLITR Report
MPHI was highlighted in the Great Lakes Innovation and Technology Report (GLITR), during the annual Tech Tour. Click here to read the full article
MPHI' s Teri Covington co-authors article on Child Abuse & Neglect
Though child abuse rates are declining in the United States, there has been no real change in the number of child maltreatment (CM) fatalities (US Department of Health and Human Services, 2008). While year-to-year numbers vary, there were an estimated 1,530 child abuse and neglect deaths reported by the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System during 2006, representing 2.04 deaths for every 100,000 children. It is widely accepted that this number is underestimated for many reasons, including inconsistencies in investigation, reporting, legal standards and definitions, and medical diagnosis and death certificate coding (Crume, DiGuiseppi, Byers, Sirotnak, & Garrett, 2002; Ewigman, Kivlahan, & Land, 1993; Schnitzer, Covington, Wirtz, Verhoeck-Oftedahl, & Palusci, 2008). There are a number of risk factors associated with maltreatment fatalities, such as residing in homes with unrelated adults, young age of the child, and prior involvement with child protective services, and this information can aid in developing initiatives to prevent further deaths. Fatalities from neglect remain difficult to identify and prevent given the potential overlap with accidental and medical causes (Brewster et al., 1998; Crume et al., 2002; Hicks & Gaughan, 1995; Knight & Collins, 2005). To better identify, understand and respond to the system issues and prevention possibilities in these deaths, we sought to evaluate changes in our state after the implementation of a citizen panel that reviewed child maltreatment fatalities in the child welfare system.
Click here to read the whole article: Effects of a Citizens Review Panel in preventing child maltreatment fatalities
Anissa Stanley of MPHI named Planner of the Year 2009
Anissa Stanley of MPHI (Child & Adolescent Health Program) completed her Certified Meeting Specialist (CMS) certification through the Society of Government Meeting Professionals
and was named "Planner of the Year 2009" by this organization. Additionally, she was featured in the "Planner Spotlight" article of Meeting Professionals International, summer edition 2009 (click here to read more
). In preparation to complete her Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) Exam in 2010, Anissa will participate in a six month preparation course with a $600 scholarship from Destination Michigan
to assist her in achieving this goal.
MPHI featured in StreamingMedia.com article
December 11, 2009 - MPHI' s webcasting service is featured in the StreamingMedia.com article titled "The Government Video Boom". The entire article can be accessed here
MPHI collaborative database uses Newborn Blood Spot Screening to detect children with Genetic Abnormalities
October 26, 2009 (Honolulu, Hawaii) — A study investigating the use of a long-term follow-up database of children with inborn errors of metabolism has shown that metabolic practitioners can systematically gather information about outcomes from newborn blood spot screening (NBS) for a collaborative database useful for short-term patient follow-up. The proof-of-principle study also yielded specific information about children with medium-chain acyl CoA dehydrogenase deficiency (MCAD).
The project was an initiative of the Inborn Errors of Metabolism–Information System (IBEM-IS) work group of the Region 4 Genetics Collaborative, the goal of which is to come up with strategies for children with congenital and inherited disorders. Current participants include newborn screening specialists in a 7-state region near the Great Lakes. The results were presented here at the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) 59th Annual Meeting.
Read the full article here.
MPHI Program Director Shannon Stotenbur-Wing speaks out in the Oakland Press on patterns of Child Abuse
"Child abuse usually has a pattern, so it occurs repeatedly over years and years," she said. "Increasing the penalty for those who are convicted of child abuse itself is not enough to prevent future activities."
"The people do have to be penalized for doing that, but there need to be areas where mental health and psychological treatments are provided, because they tend to abuse themselves, too," said Stotenbur-Wing.
Read the full article here
$24 Million MPHI Project Will Boost Health Information Exchange
Washington, DC – A Request for Proposal (RFP) to create a broadband network linking Michigan health care facilities was posted on November 11. The project will network approximately 520 health care sites in 71 Michigan counties covering all of the state except the urban counties from Lansing to Detroit. Hospitals, federally qualified health clinics, health departments, tribal clinics, Michigan Department of Corrections clinics, and other types of facilities will be linked. "The network will play a major role in the national plan to foster the use of electronic medical records and the electronic exchange of health information," stated Jeff Shaw, Senior Project Manager.
In early 2007 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced a $400 million "pilot" program to stimulate the deployment of broadband infrastructure to support telehealth and telemedicine. On behalf of the State, the Michigan Public Health Institute applied for a portion of the money. In December 2007, MPHI was awarded $20.9 million, the fourth highest of the 69 state and regional awards. Michigan’s health care facilities will kick in an additional $3.7 million for a total of $24.6 million.
The RFP that was recently posted seeks a single vendor who, with the help of subcontractors, can create the statewide network. The network will consist of both leased communication lines and new fiber optic cable. The network will also take advantage of “middle-mile” fiber optic cable that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the “stimulus” bill) will probably fund in the most rural sections of Michigan (e.g., in the Gaylord-Grayling corridor, and along the state’s western shoreline).
Construction of a smaller network has already commenced in the thumb area of Michigan. This small network will link eight hospitals by means of a tower-mounted wireless communications system. It will become a part of the larger, statewide network once that is built.
The RFP is posted at http://www.usac.org/_res/documents/rhc-pilot-program/pdf/search-postings/2009/Michigan-Public-Health-scope-02.pdf
Every Child Matters
Washington, DC – A report released today shows that 10,440 children in the U.S. are known to have died from abuse and neglect between 2001 and 2007, but experts say the real number may be as much as 50 percent higher. The difference is due to varying definitions of abuse and neglect in the states, as well as inconsistent record-keeping and data collection methodologies. Child protection leaders say the situation makes it impossible to provide an accurate assessment of abuse and neglect of children in America.
Stars from Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, took to Capitol Hill today to help raise awareness. The popular television show chronicles the New York Police Department team that investigates sexually based crimes, including those committed against children. Actors Tamara Tunie (medical examiner Melinda Warner) and B.D. Wong (psychiatrist George Huang) joined in speaking out on the importance of investing in the protection of children.
Organizations supporting the summit this week include the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, Every Child Matters Education Fund, National Association of Social Workers, National Center on Child Death Review and National Children’s Alliance.
The discussion of children’s issues in Washington this week comes exactly 100 years after President Theodore Roosevelt held the first-ever White House summit on children’s issues. The Every Child Matters Education Fund is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan organization working to make children, youth and families a national political priority. We promote the adoption of smart policies for children and youth, including: ensuring that children have access to affordable, comprehensive health care services; expanding early-care and learning opportunities and after-school programs; preventing violence against children in their homes and communities; alleviating child poverty; and addressing the special needs of children with parents in prison.
Watch the video of the speech that Teri Covington, Director of the National Resource Center for Child Death Review, gave at the event. Read the transcript of the speech.