July 11, 2012

Altarum’s Center for Consumer Choice in Health Care Goes Social
Hundreds of millions of health care consumers use social media every day to find services, share experiences, make decisions, and report outcomes.  Researchers in Altarum’s Center for Consumer Choice in Health Care are exploring this rich source of consumer information to capture the collective wisdom from “crowd-sourcing.”  The innovative projects include addressing the following questions More...

Roundtable Examines the Challenges of Elder Care
On June 5, 2012, Altarum Institute hosted a special health policy roundtable examining the topic of family caregiving, as seen through the eyes and experiences of prominent women authors Eleanor Clift, Lynn Alexander, Dr. Muriel Gillick, Dr. Joanne Lynn and Dr. Cheryl Woodson. Speak Up! Influential Women Give Voice to the Challenges of Elder Care was held in partnership with Detroit Public Television and supported by local and national cosponsors. More...

Altarum's Community Dashboard Health Impact Assessment
Heath impact assessment, or how the health of a community is affected by socioeconomic and other factors, is a key concept in measuring, tracking, and creating planned change in a community. Altarum’s Community Dashboard Project is creating a tool that does exactly that. Through visual mapping techniques, we can show community stakeholders how health and learning outcomes (e.g., standardized test scores, high school graduation rates, teen births) overlay with the relevant socioeconomic factors at the level of a school district, neighborhood, or county. More...

Report on Tackling Obesity Through Child Care Quality Rating and Improvement Systems
With 12.7 million U.S. children under age 5 (63%) in a regular child care arrangement and one in five of these children already overweight, there is growing consensus that more needs to be done in child care to promote healthy habits. A number of states are looking to improve the health of their youngest residents by incorporating nutrition, physical activity, and screen time standards and supports into child care Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS). On May 7, 2012, Altarum’s Center for Healthy Child and Youth Development presented findings from their report. More...

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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.