The Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts contracted with MPHI to develop a web-based course on brain injury in adults. The course includes six modules: Traumatic Brain Injury 101, Screening and Resources, Mental Health, Psychopharmacology, Alcohol & Drug Use and Traumatic Brain Injury, and Homelessness. The application allows for a short quiz and evaluation and are administered at the end of the lesson to test knowledge and gather feedback. In addition, all modules are eligible for Continuing Education credits. MPHI worked closely with the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission to design and build the web application. The goal was to make the content, including multi-media content, easily readable. The application is designed so that content and quiz questions are easily editable, which will allow for decreased maintenance costs in the future. MPHI and our partners worked together using an agile methodology, and the project was completed on-time and on-budget. For more information, or to take the web-course, please visit https://www.elderswebcourse.org.
Michigan Drug Assistance Program On-line Application (MIDAP)
MPHI and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) launched the electronic application process for the Michigan Drug Assistance Program (MIDAP) in April 2017. This program assists with costs for HIV-specific related medicines and vaccines. Individuals are eligible for the program when they provide:
- Documentation of HIV disease,
- Proof of residency in the state of Michigan,
- Proof of gross income, which cannot exceed 500% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL); FPL guidelines are in effect when MIDAP receives the completed application, and
- In some cases, you must have applied for public assistance (Medicaid and/or Adult Benefits Waiver program) with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) within the past 90 days and have a pending, denial, or spend-down status.
Tribal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Education
The goals of the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan’s Tribal Home Visiting project are to support the development of healthy, happy, successful American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) children and families through a coordinated, high-quality, evidence-based, home visiting strategy; and to expand the evidence base around home visiting programs for AIAN populations. MPHI's Center for Healthy Communities provides technical consultation and support for a mixed methods evaluation of an enhanced early learning curriculum; provides technical consultation and support on benchmark data collection, analysis, and reporting; and provides support for capacity building and training of staff on evaluation, benchmark data collection, analysis, reporting, data quality assurance, and quality improvement plan implementation.
Promising Practices to Reduce Infant Mortality Through Equity (PRIME)
This project is focused on supporting the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) infant mortality reduction efforts in African American and Native American communities. The work consists of providing 3-day Heath Equity and Social Justice Workshops, Learning Lab sessions, participation in committees and workgroups, and providing general technical assistance and consultation services to MDHHS related to equity and social justice issues within their work.
Partners in Care Concierge
MPHI received a grant from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund for the purposes of expanding, enriching, and evaluationg Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County’s (JFS) Partners in Care Consierge (PICC) program. PiCC, originally developed in 2008 by JFS, is an innovative “door-through-door” patient appointment accompaniment program to help older adults age in place with health and dignity. As part of the program, JFS provides medical transportation and pairs clients with trained volunteers from the community who support patients during provider visits. As part of this grant, MPHI is conducting a rigorous evaluation including a randomized control study to assess PiCC’s ability to impact service utilization, cost, and clinical outcomes.
Parent Leadership in State Government
The Parent Leadership in State Government (PLISG) initiative provides training and support to parents in using their voice to impact program planning and policy development. Parents are given the knowledge and skills to participate on advisory boards, committees, and other decision-making bodies.
Michigan Power To Thrive
Michigan Power to Thrive (MPTT) work is important as a way to think about advancing social justice. It brings together public health professionals and community organizers to combine their strengths to advocate for policies and programs that address root causes of oppression. MPTT is focused on advocating for policies and programs in the areas of early childhood education, mass incarceration, and mass deportation. MPTT’s work is part of a regional initiative called Healthy Heartlands.
Healthy Start Evaluation
MPHI’s Center for Child and Family Health (CCFH) supports the Ingham County Health Department's (ICHD) Healthy Start program by designing a program-specific evaluation plan and creating a custom data collection system. The Healthy Start evaluation provides ICHD with near real-time information on program implementation, progress toward programmatic goals, and progress toward federal reporting requirements. The custom data collection system, used by first-line staff members at ICHD, allows for efficiency and precision when gathering evaluation data.
Minority Health Capacity Building Project
Kalamazoo County is creating an Equity Taskforce to achieve the goal of decreasing health disparities among African American, Latino, and Caucasian members of the community. Its primary focus in on the disproportionate prevalence of Adverse Childhood Experiences across communities of color. The project uses a strategy of building community collaborations across sectors – e.g. movement, nonprofit, faith-based, business, and health systems – to set and reach equity goals for the community.
Michigan Family-to-Family Health Information Center
This project provides information, education, technical assistance, and peer support to families of children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) and the professionals who serve them. MI F2F has three primary goals: 1) promote optimal health for CYSHCN in Michigan, 2) ensure that families of CYSHCN will partner in decision-making at all levels, and 3) facilitate access to effective health delivery systems by meeting the health information and support needs of CYSHCN and their families. The project also focuses on the number of CYSHCN and families, particularly from under-represented and diverse communities, who are provided skill development opportunities, so they can partner at all levels of decision-making.