March 26, 2012

Altarum’s Center Leads Early Childhood Track of Building a Healthier Future Summit Featuring First Lady Michelle Obama
Altarum Institute’s Center for Healthy Child and Youth Development played a leadership role in the Partnership for a Healthier America’s Building a Healthy Future Summit, which took place on November 29–30, 2011, in Washington, DC. More than 800 corporate and civic leaders gathered for the Partnership’s inaugural summit, which featured honorary chairwoman First Lady Michelle Obama. The summit supported a convergence of efforts to improve children’s health and welfare by ensuring the integration of major efforts ultimately leading to a coordinated and succinct national agenda. As the operating foundation behind the First Lady’s Let’s Move! campaign, the Partnership for a Healthier America works with the private sector to garner commitments of significance to end childhood obesity within a generation. More...

The Effects of Changes in WIC Food Packages on Redemptions
A new study conducted by Altarum Institute on the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program in Wisconsin shows that participants overwhelmingly accepted the new foods offered to them through changes to the WIC program. The study was funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which administers WIC. More...

Applying Lean to Improve the Delivery of Care at Community Health Centers
Federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) represent the largest primary care system in the United States, serving 20 million predominantly low-income, medically underserved patients each year. As part of its internal research and demonstration agenda, Altarum Institute partnered with FQHCs in Maine, Michigan, and Virginia to pilot the Lean process improvement approach (“Lean”). Lean is best known for its origins in the manufacturing industry and has been gradually adopted in the health sector by some of the nation’s leading health care organizations. Altarum and its FQHC partners applied this innovative approach to improve administrative and clinical processes and, in turn, enhance patient care. Lean was also used to implement elements of the patient-centered medical home model, which promotes the delivery of comprehensive and coordinated care across the patient’s life span. 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.