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Medicaid expansion made Michigan mouths healthier, study finds

A recent study by researchers from the University of Michigan’s Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, including Dr. Susan Goold, found that the expansion of dental coverage by the Michigan Healthy Plan improved both self-reported oral health and performance at work, as well as improving job searching.

Susan Goold, MD, MHSA, MA joins the Leonard Davis Institute for a COVID Vaccine Equity Research Dialogue (CoVEReD)

Covid-19 shined a light on racial health disparities. What comes next?

This Detroit Free Press article describes how COVID-19 has brought long-lasting racial health disparities to light and names racism as the ultimate cause of these disparities, pointing to some historical and persistent examples of structural racism. The article features Friends of Parkside, a Detroit community-based nonprofit led Zachary Rowe. Click here to view photos from a recent food distribution event.

Inequity in Health Care Delivery

This episode of the University of Michigan School of Public Health’s “Population Healthy” podcast, featuring Dr. Susan Goold, covers racial inequities in access and quality of health care.

More health inequity: Black people are 3 times more likely to experience pulse oximeter errors

A recent research paper by Dr. Susan Goold and University of Michigan colleagues found that pulse oximeters fail to report low oxygen levels in up to 1 in 10 African American patients. This can mean that Black patients don’t receive the medical care they need.

Aging and isolated, rural northern Michigan braces for coronavirus

Dr. Susan Goold is quoted in this article from early in the pandemic about the challenges rural communities face in protecting against COVID-19, with a focus on Alcona County, MI.

Most who enrolled in Michigan's Medicaid expansion either already work or can't work, study shows

Nearly half of the people who enrolled in Medicaid after it expanded in Michigan have jobs, a new study finds. Another 11 percent can’t work, likely due to serious physical or mental health conditions. About 1 in 4 enrollees are out of work but also are much more likely to be in poor health, according to the findings published in JAMA Internal Medicine by a team from the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation.


Medicaid Expansion Helped Enrollees Do Better at Work or in Job Searches

Most low-income Michigan residents who signed up for the state’s expanded Medicaid program say their new health insurance helped them do a better job at work, or made it easier for them to seek a new or better job, in the first year after they enrolled, according to a new study.

That’s on top of the positive health effects that many said their new coverage brought them, University of Michigan researchers report at the annual research meeting of the AcademyHealth research organization.

In all, 69 percent of those who had jobs said they did better at work once they had health insurance under the Healthy Michigan Plan, the name of Michigan’s Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.

Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation Evaluates the Healthy Michigan Plan

The central objective of the Healthy Michigan Plan is to improve the health and well-being of Michigan residents by extending health care coverage to low-income adults who are uninsured or underinsured. The program also introduces a number of reforms, including cost-sharing for individuals with incomes above the Federal Poverty Level, the creation of individual MI Health Accounts to record health care expenses and cost-sharing contributions, and opportunities for beneficiaries to reduce their cost-sharing by completing health risk assessments and engaging in healthy behaviors.

Healthy Michigan Plan Latest Findings

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With $58 million Grant, MICHR will help U-M Researchers Push Research and Health Care Forward

The next big idea to help people with cancer, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, or many other conditions could be bubbling up right now in a University of Michigan research lab. Or it might be a new idea in the mind of a U-M doctor, scientist, healthcare professional, graduate student or patient. Now, U-M has received a $58 million grant to help those ideas move forward, with Michiganders of all ages and backgrounds as partners.


Tradeoffs in Healthcare Decision-Making

Susan Dorr Goold, M.D., MHSA, M.A., professor of Internal Medicine, and Health Management and Policy, recently received a two-year, $391,000 grant from the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to do just that. Working with community partners, Goold’s team will engage Michigan communities in informed deliberations about the kinds of care Medicaid should prioritize using a customized version of a game-like tool called Choosing Health Plans All Together, or CHAT.

Other investigators: Zachary Rowe, Friends of Parkside director


Public deliberations about patient centered outcomes research priorities (2012-2014)

Building on experience with developing, testing and using the award-winning CHAT (Choosing Healthplans All Together) tool, and propelled by a current project that is developing and evaluating a tool to engage minority and underserved communities in setting priorities for clinical and translational research, we plan to develop and test a method to engage the public and patients in deliberations about patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) priorities.

Other investigators: Lawrence An, Ray De Vries, Jennifer Griggs, Myra Kim


Transforming Healthcare - TEDXUofM

Presentation by Dr. Susan Goold. Dr Goold is a health system researcher that uses unique methods to simultaneously educate the public and give the medical establishment a novel perspective on healthcare. She is a practicing physician and Professor of Internal Medicine and Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan. Dr. Goold is changing the traditional notions of how our healthcare system should be studied and transformed.

U-M researchers to engage underserved communities in setting health research priorities

Funded by a $2.8 National Institutes of Health grant, Susan Dorr Goold, M.D., M.H.S.A, M.A., and Zachary Rowe, director of Friends of Parkside and founding member of the Urban Research Center board and the MICHR Community Engagement Coordinating council, will help connect minority and underrepresented communities with health scientists to help set research agendas in the future.

Other investigators: Zachary Rowe, Friends of Parkside Director

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