June 12, 2013

Research, Initiatives and Consulting

An Army of Caregivers
In our work to find creative solutions to assist frail elders and their families, Altarum’s Center for Elder Care and Advanced Illness is exploring strategies to develop the Caregiver Corps. Modeled on the Peace Corps, the Caregiver Corps would recruit volunteers, young and old, to serve in the aging services networks in their communities, providing support in everything from hands-on care to program development and management. Read a story in the New York Times, or learn more by contacting Janice Lynch Schuster.

How Vulnerable Are We to Bad Health?
Eliza Corporation, in partnership with Altarum’s Center for Consumer Choice in Health Care, has conducted research to better understand the context in which people live and how that influences their health. With its new Vulnerability Index, Eliza can measure the magnitudes of an individual’s life obstacles, and the balance of magnifiers and buffers which portray one’s ability to cope with those obstacles. For more information, contact Wendy Lynch.

Altarum’s two most recent policy Roundtables highlighted consumer choices. On March 26, we discussed “Separating Politics from Health Care Choices: Key "Purple" Messages for All Consumers,” aimed at helping consumers become bigger advocates in their own health care decisions. And on May 14, Altarum looked at new ways to provide healthier food choices in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps).

Taking Care of Our Own
The Survey of Ill or Injured Service Members Post Operational Deployment (SIISMPOD) is rolling out a large-scale telephone survey designed to obtain self-reported information from Service members about the health care services they have received since returning from Operational Deployment overseas. Information collected in this survey is used to assess Service members’ access to and quality of health care services, which includes DoD, civilian, and Veteran’s Affairs health care services. For more information, please contact Laura Pinnock.

Health Care Spending
Altarum’s Center for Sustainable Health Spending was featured in a recent Health Affairs blog that discussed the slowdown in the growth of health care spending. The discussion will continue at an upcoming Symposium on Sustainable U.S. Health Spending.  See the Join Us section below for more information.

Publications & Resources

Prevention and Perspectives
Altarum’s Center for Sustainable Health Spending was recently published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) on Tradeoffs in Cardiovascular Disease Prevention, Treatment, and Research, alongside Altarum’s James Lee who was also published, as part of a three part series, on Testing for Anaplastic Lymphoma Kinase Rearrangements to Target Crizotinib Therapy; Oncology, Pathology, and Health Economic Perspectives.

Veteran’s Transition
Altarum’s Health Care Advisory Group has worked with the Veterans Administration to develop a video providing an introduction to VA health care benefits for the men and women transitioning back to civilian life. This video is available on the VA YouTube channel and is shown at demobilization other military transition events. For more information, please contact Stephanie Montague.

Sexual Health Resources
As part of the Community Health Systems team, Altarum’s new Center for HIV and Sexual Health plans, develops, and evaluates HIV, sexually transmitted infection, viral hepatitis, and family planning programs that address sexual health and serves all ages and diverse communities.

Visit Our Health Policy Blog
How can SNAP participants get healthier food choices?  Are health care costs slowing for good, or just because of the recent recession? Why is sexual health so important for you and your families? Find out the answers to these questions and more at Altarum’s Health Policy Forum.

News & Events

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Watching the Hill

Palladian Partners, Inc. received a Hermes Platinum Award for its Cut the Sodium but Keep the Flavor restaurant guide, and an Honorable Mention Award for their Million Hearts Valentine’s Day e-Gifts.  Also, Palladian’s new infographic was used recently by the White House and HHS in support of Women’s Health Week.

Contact Information
Sarah Litton
Manager, Communications and Public Affairs


Altarum Institute's (www.altarum.org) mission is to create a better, more sustainable future for all Americans by applying research-based and field-tested solutions that transform our systems of health and health care. Altarum employs over 400 individuals and is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with additional offices in Portland, Maine; Silver Spring, MD; Rockville, MD; and Washington, D.C.