June 22, 2016

Research, Initiatives, and Consulting

Knowledge Is Power

Image 1In health care, being an informed consumer is essential to promoting positive outcomes. Altarum Institute’s Center for Consumer Choice in Health Care has been working with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Oliver Wyman, to launch a special research initiative that better understands the challenges vulnerable patients face in accessing health care information, and to create recommendations for improving access to such information. For more information, please contact Chris Duke.

Sustainable U.S. Health Spending in the Next Administration

Join Altarum’s Center for Sustainable Health Spending team July 12 for our annual symposium on national health care spending and policy trends. With an all-star lineup of health economists, this is one event you should not miss. To be there in person, or watch online, register here, and to see last year’s video and monograph, visit here. Contact Paul Hughes-Cromwick with any questions.

We Are Recovery

Image 2 - BHThe Altarum Behavioral Health Technical Assistance Center (BHTAC) recently launched a new Facebook page to share the latest news and resources from the behavioral health field. Next month, BHTAC will unveil a new Instagram campaign: #WeAreRecovery. The goal of the campaign is to empower those in recovery from mental health and substance use challenges to share their stories through imagery and words. Individuals can submit pictures and recovery stories directly online. For more information, please contact the Behavioral Health team at recovery@altarum.org.

Maternal and Child Health Leadership
Through the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Workforce Performance Center, Altarum will facilitate a participatory process to update the MCH Leadership Competencies beginning in June 2016. The Competencies provide a conceptual framework for development of MCH leaders and outline knowledge and skills required of MCH leaders. Altarum will conduct key informant interviews, facilitate an expert panel, and gather input from MCH constituents through web forums and at professional conferences. The updated MCH Leadership Competencies are expected to be released in 2017. For more information, contact Sheryl Mathis.

Diversity and Health Equity

Image 3 - DiversityAltarum’s Health Resources and Services Administration-funded MCH Performance Center developed Diversity and Health Equity in the Maternal and Child Health Workforce: A Resource Guide to Key Strategies and Actions for MCH Training Programs. The guide will be introduced through a training webinar for program grantees followed by virtual technical assistance calls conducted in collaboration with experts from the National Center for Cultural Competency. For more information, contact Denise Raybon.

Publications and Resources

Pursuit of the Triple Aim

As part of a project promoting collaboration between local health departments and community health centers, Altarum’s Center for Healthy Child and Youth Development worked with the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) to develop a research brief Partnerships between Local Health Departments and Community Health Centers in Pursuit of the Triple Aim. You can download the report for free on the NACCHO website (registration is required) or contact Chris Botsko for more information.

News and Events

Health Care Leadership

Altarum’s Business Advisory Services group recently attended the Studer Group Conference on Healthcare Leadership. The May conference had several tracks ranging from improving patient experience in hospitals and clinics to evidence-based leadership for administrators and providers, and showcased practical strategies and action plans to enhance a patient and clinical staff engagement. Altarum was on hand to support our clients with their patient satisfaction surveys and research. For more information, please contact Tara Fowler.

Zika Alert

Image 4 - ZikaOn June 7 and 8, Altarum worked with the Office of Population Affairs to plan and implement a working meeting with representatives from seven southern states focusing on the Zika Virus.  The meeting, which focused on training about contraceptive care, brought together state representatives from family planning, primary care associations, and Medicaid.  The state teams discussed issues and challenges associated with contraception access, brainstormed approaches to strengthening the delivery of services, and created plans to educate and screen women and men of reproductive age for Zika. For more information, contact Jenn Rogers.

MediCaring Communities on Amazon

Altarum’s Center for Elder Care and Advanced Illness (CECAI) is getting ready to publish the MediCaring Communities book—watch for it in July! In addition, dozens of volunteers have attended caucus meetings to speak up about the need to support family caregivers in various states for the Family Caregiver Platform Project (FCPP). After a number of successes at the state level, the FCPP is beginning to advance state ideas at the National Platform level. For more info, please contact Joanne Lynn.

KAI: 30 Years of Innovative Clinical Research Solutions

Image 5 - KAIKAI Research, Inc., an Altarum Company, is celebrating 30 years of business success as a full-service contract research organization (CRO) and health research company. Since 1986, KAI has helped pharmaceutical, academic, and federal clients bring innovative drug treatments and other interventions to market, from Phase I through Phase IV trials, as well as observational studies and post-marketing efforts. KAI streamlines clinical research activities through the implementation of robust, standardized processes and interoperable eClinical solutions. KAI has coordinated hundreds of clinical trials and epidemiological studies, using proven expertise in a variety of therapeutic areas, including neurology, mental health, musculoskeletal conditions, oncology, and infectious diseases.

KAI is exhibiting at the DIA Annual Meeting from June 26-30 in Philadelphia, PA.  For more information, stop by DIA Booth #2248, visit www.kai-research.com, or contact Kathy Dimeo, president at 301-770-2730 or kaimarketing@kai-research.com.

Image 6 - Academy HealthAnd join Altarum Institute at the Academy Health Annual Research Meeting this weekend in Boston! Booth 216.  See you there!

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.