June 2, 2015

Research, Initiatives, and Consulting

Help for Michigan Veterans

WMVCATThe Michigan Veterans Community Action Teams (VCAT) Project is expanding across the state. The project, sponsored by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency, established coalitions (called VCATs) to support Veterans in the Detroit metro and Grand Rapids service areas starting in 2013. New VCATs are forming in the Lansing, Flint, Ann Arbor, and Bay City areas and four additional VCATs will be formed in the northern regions of the state this summer. To date, 641 organizations and service providers are collaborating and implementing a no-wrong-door philosophy, connecting veterans to the services they need, when they need them. For more information, please contact Elena Bridges.

Working Hard for Older Adults

Altarum’s Center for Elder Care and Advanced Illness (CECAI) has been busy. They are coaching a dozen communities to implement MediCaring and have helped build a coalition to support the Assisting Caregivers Today Caucus, a congressional caucus that raises the visibility of caregiving. CECAI has also been working with ASPE putting forth potential Pay for Success demonstrations. And, they recently released Telemedicine Today: The State of Affairs, which reviews scientific research and policy positions regarding telemedicine. For more information, please contact Joanne Lynn.

HIV and Intimate Partner Violence

HIVWomen living with HIV experience some forms of intimate partner violence (IPV) at much higher rates than the general population. And women in relationships with violence have increased risk of contracting HIV.  Consequently, HIV and IPV providers can greatly benefit from increased awareness of this intersection. Altarum’s Intersections Project, funded by OWH, works in collaboration with Cardea, and IPV and HIV service providers, to support comprehensive services, and facilitate cross-systems trainings in Austin, Ft. Worth, Oakland, and Washington, DC. For more information, contact Melanie Ogleton.

Office of Women’s Health Call Center

KAI Research, Inc., a subsidiary of Altarum, in partnership with Palladian and Hagar Sharp is working with HHS’ Office on Women’s Health, to provide call center support for the dissemination of women’s health information, specifically regarding female genital cutting/female genital mutilation (FGC/FGM). As immigration to the U.S. rises, FGC/FGM cases are presenting new challenges to physicians. KAI’s team of information specialists provide information and resources to women who have undergone or are at risk of FGM/FGC, or have questions, or know of someone who may be at risk of having the procedure done here or outside the United States. For more information, please contact Kathy Dimeo.

Publications and Resources

Precision Medicine Initiative

Precision MedicineIn January 2015, Palladian Partners, a subsidiary of Altarum, produced an infographic for President Obama’s landmark Precision Medicine Initiative, which was highlighted in his State of the Union address and is featured on the NIH website. Precision medicine involves the use of data to create better, more targeted treatments and research. The infographic highlights the technological tools available to support the Precision Medicine Initiative as well as the Initiative’s short- and long-term goals. Palladian’s work on the infographic included conceptualization, writing, design, and Section 508 compliance. For more information, please contact Rob Wald.

Other recent Altarum publications and resources include:

See our Publications page for all the latest.

News and Events

Health Spending for RWJF

On March 13, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) awarded a one-year renewal to Altarum’s Center for Sustainable Health Spending to track and analyze trends in health care costs and spending thru 2016. Altarum will develop monthly Health Sector Trend Reports, create longer analyses of special topics, and will hold a July 21 symposium in Washington DC, entitled New Dimensions on Sustainable U.S. Health Spending, featuring leading health economists and policy researchers. For more information, please contact Paul Hughes-Cromwick.

Addiction and Recovery Roundtable

HandsOn May 14, Altarum was joined by a panel of experts as we discussed the latest in addiction and recovery, the pending CARA Act, and how further resources will develop capacity to ensure a better community response.

Panelists included thought leaders representing diverse ages of the addiction recovery movement.  Watch a video of the event, or contact Tom Hill for more information.

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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.