September 16, 2015

Research, Initiatives, and Consulting

Sexual Health Services

The National Coalition for Sexual Health (NCSH), a program within Altarum Institute’s new Center for Prevention, launched a media campaign to encourage African Americans to take advantage of free or low-cost preventive sexual health services, including the human papillomavirus vaccine, sexually transmitted infection screening, and female contraceptives. The campaign features spokespeople from Morehouse School of Medicine, American Sexual Health Association, Project Inform, and NCSH. For more information, contact Susan Gilbert.

Aspirin Health

The Aspirin ProjectThe Center for Prevention Aspirin Project recently awarded a grant to Russell Luepker, MD, University of Minnesota School of Public Health. The project focuses on developing strategies to improve the appropriate use of aspirin and prevent cardiovascular disease in an underserved Hispanic/Latino community. Dr. Luepker will partner with Southside Community Health Services, a federally qualified health center, which provides affordable access to preventive health care. For more information, contact David Zauche.

Mood Outcomes Program

Altarum, KAI Research, Inc., and the National Network of Depression Centers (NNDC) have partnered to launch the Mood Outcomes Program. This program supports collection of electronic patient-reported outcomes measures to promote high-quality care in patients with depression and bipolar disorder and improve the patient-provider relationship. Training sessions are concluding at four pilot sites, and the program will be administered across an additional 19 NNDC member centers later this year. For more information, please contact Kristy Miller.

Flu Season Study

KAI Research logoKAI Research, Inc., which recently rebranded itself, is actively preparing to conduct the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Pre- and Post-influenza Vaccination Study for the 2015–2016 flu season. This is the second year running this study, which collects serum samples from healthy children, adults, and elders before and after they receive this year’s flu shot. CDC then analyzes the samples in conjunction with infectious disease surveillance data to determine whether the vaccine is effectively targeting the strains of the current virus. For more information, please contact Lisa Hunegs-Aleskow.

Health Care Cost Improvements

For the past 20 years, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (DOS/ECA) insured the health care costs of program participants through the Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges, a limited health care benefit plan. In July 2015, Altarum successfully finalized a full health insurance and industry needs assessment for DOS/ECA, highlighted areas requiring the most improvement, and explored new options for exchange program participants. Altarum’s research team gave findings and recommendations to senior DOS/ECA leadership, including the Assistant Secretary of State for Education and Cultural Affairs. For more information, contact Kelly Sanders.

Publications and Resources

Global Value of Racial Equity

Altarum’s Center for Sustainable Health Spending had a productive quarter: distribution of The Business Case for Racial Equity in Michigan to 1,600 attendees of the Mackinac Policy Conference on May 28 (plus international exposure in Ghana); the fifth annual symposium on July 21 in DC, New Dimensions on Sustainable U.S. Health Spending, featuring prestigious health policy experts; publication in the August Health Affairs, “Prevalence Trends for Three Common Medical Conditions: Treated and Untreated”; and the issuance of three Health Sector Trend Reports and three sets of Health Sector Economic Indicators BriefsSM. For more information, contact Ani Turner.

Family Caregiver Party Platform

Anchored by National Academy of Social Insurance interns Ben Scribner and Davis Baird, Altarum’s Center for Elder Care and Advanced Illness launched the Family Caregiver Party Platform Project, a grassroots initiative to get family caregiver issues into the platforms of both parties in all states. Having submitted platform language in Arizona and California, the team will now engage all the rest. Email to volunteer. Also, Anne Montgomery and Joanne Lynn, with Ravi Parikh, published an article in the New England Journal of Medicine for better funding of Older Americans Act services. For more information, contact Joanne Lynn.

News and Events

Title X Grantee Meeting

Title X MeetingFrom August 18 to 20, Altarum participated in the Title X Grantee Meeting. The theme of the conference this year was Inspiring Excellence in Title X: Improving Quality, Expanding Access, and Building Sustainability, and Altarum presented current information on the provision of high-quality Title X family planning services. Altarum exhibited as part of the Family Planning National Training Centers, presented plenary sessions, facilitated breakout group discussions, and led the social media presence at the conference. For more information, contact Jenn Rogers.

U.S.-Arab Healthcare Summit

On June 15, Altarum attended the C3 U.S.-Arab Healthcare Summit to exchange thought leadership among industry experts toward addressing some of the critical challenges facing health care in the Middle East. Topics included health workforce challenges, the rise of untreated mental health issues, applying preventative measures to eradicate hepatitis C, telemedicine, and medical tourism, among others. For more information, contact Ashraf Faramawi or Sarah Martin.

ImageSmart™ Team Attends ACE 2015

ImageSmartAltarum recently partnered with the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation on a grant-funded project for the creation of ImageSmart™. ImageSmart™ is a clinical decision support tool used by providers to obtain current clinical appropriateness criteria and other relevant information prior to ordering advanced diagnostic exams. The Altarum ImageSmart™ team recently showcased the ImageSmart™ product, now available to Allscripts users, at the Allscripts Client Experience event in Boston. To learn more, please email

Consumer Engagement – Streamlined

Altarum has revised and relaunched its successful consumer engagement tool, Altarum Consumer Engagement-12 (ACE-12). ACE-12 is a short survey that reliably measures different components of patient engagement around their own health care and is highly predictive of many different health outcomes and behaviors, from obesity and medication adherence to preferences for shared decisionmaking. For more information, contact Chris Duke.


Elena Bridges VCATAltarum’s Michigan Veteran Community Action Teams Project has received the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Seven Seals Award for 2015. The Seven Seals Award was presented in recognition of our work to support Service members in the Reserve Components through outreach and education. Kudos to Elena Bridges and the Veterans Community Action Team for their great work!

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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.