September 17, 2014
Research, Initiatives, and Consulting

Research, Initiatives, and Consulting

Recovery Month

September is Recovery Month. People across the nation are joining together to participate in events such as walks, runs, and cookouts to honor and recognize the nearly 30 million Americans who are actively changing their lives that have been compromised by addiction and mental illness. Tell us your story and find resources to help on our Recovery Month website, or contact Diana Williams for more information.

New National Depression Registry

The National Network of Depression Centers (NNDC) and Altarum Institute are jointly developing a comprehensive national clinical data registry to improve the care of patients with depression and bipolar illnesses and to enable breakthrough advances in treatment. Altarum’s Health Information and Technology Strategies group and KAI Research, Inc., a subsidiary of Altarum Institute, are collaborating on this project, which builds and expands upon the NNDC’s current Clinical Care Registry program, collecting longitudinal patient outcomes data by using standardized measures from their 21 academic and clinical member sites across the country. For more information, contact Dan Armijo.

Family Planning

This year, Altarum launched the Title X Communities of Practice (CoP) in our role as the Family Planning National Training Center for Coordination and Strategic Initiatives. These topic-specific communities allow family planning and reproductive health professionals from around the country to connect, share ideas, and solve problems. Jennifer Rogers and Denise Raybon had two opportunities to share this work in August: the 2014 National Reproductive Health Conference followed by the 2014 National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing, and Media. In times of constrained travel budgets, CoPs are a useful tool for maintaining peer-to-peer learning and engagement.

Hospice Care

Where do you go to find information on hospice care for your family? The American Hospice Foundation (AHF) funded Altarum Institute’s Center for Consumer Choice in Health Care to develop a Web-based set of tools that will help families make informed hospice care decisions for their loved ones. This project builds on the work that Altarum and AHF have already done together to identify what consumers want to know about quality when choosing a hospice provider and how they want that information presented. For more information, contact Wendy Lynch.

New CDC Influenza Study

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with KAI Research, Inc., a subsidiary of Altarum Institute, on “Anonymous Pre- and Post-Influenza Vaccine Sera Panels.” The purpose of this effort is to evaluate samples of pediatric, adult, and elderly individuals’ serum levels after vaccination to determine whether antibodies induced by the current influenza vaccine effectively stop the flu. This project is a part of a CDC surveillance effort. For more information, contact Kathy Dimeo.

Publications and Resources

Supporting Nursing Moms at Work

Although breastfeeding affords a multitude of benefits to both mother and infant, only recently have employers realized that supporting a mother’s decision to breastfeed can greatly benefit their businesses. Benefits include lower health care costs, lower absenteeism rates, lower turnover rates, and higher productivity and loyalty among employees. To find out more, contact Doris McGuire.

Maternal and Child Health

Continued investments in maternal and child health (MCH) are critical to address the special needs of young mothers in an evolving health system. Read about the success of one ongoing effort to ensure a well-trained cadre of MCH health professionals continue to improve our nation’s health in the Maternal and Child Health Journal or by contacting Sheryl Mathis and Jen Pooler.

What We Did On Our Summer Vacation

It has been a busy summer for Altarum Institute. We held a popular symposium on health care spending, The Quest for Value; released our 2013 Annual Report; and have been featured in journals and the media on topics including Veterans services, post-acute care, cancer care, mental illness, health spending, social determinants of health, and Medicaid readmissions. Want to work with us? Contact Jim Lee.

News and Events

Join Us to Help Older Adults

Altarum Institute’s Center for Elder Care and Advanced Illness (CECAI) has been raising questions about readmissions metrics, working on a White House Conference on Aging, and helping Senator Casey’s (D-PA) office formulate a bill to support “Caregiver Corps.” CECAI has articles coming out in Gerontologist, Annals of Internal Medicine, and Aging Today and will continue to coach a dozen communities that have leadership aiming to implement the MediCaring Communities plan. To work with CECAI, contact Joanne Lynn.

Contact Information
Sarah Litton
Manager, Communications and Public Affairs


Altarum Institute's ( 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.