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To tackle health care's thorniest problems, 400 health researchers form new U-M-based institute
Date:6/25/2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich. With a common goal of making health care better, safer, more cost effective and more equal, nearly 400 health researchers from across the University of Michigan and partner organizations have formed one of the nation's largest research entities of its kind.

The Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, which opened its new home just days ago, unites members of an already strong health care research community in a new way making U-M a true powerhouse in the field known as health services research.

From cancer, heart disease and diabetes to children's health, surgery and mental health, IHPI's members study topics in health care delivery, coverage and policy.

Working together through IHPI, the researchers expect they can accelerate their studies on how health care is delivered today, and their tests of innovations that could improve health care, health insurance and health policy tomorrow.

The opening of a new home for IHPI -- in a dedicated building at U-M's North Campus Research Complex -- arrives on the third anniversary of U-M's purchase of that site.

The first 80 IHPI researchers and staff moved in to the newly-renovated building last week, and more than 400 more will move there in coming months, creating a hub of activity and cooperation that will be one of the nation's largest concentrations of healthcare policy and services researchers. In all, IHPI includes nearly 400 faculty researchers plus hundreds of professional staff and trainees.

"We truly expect IHPI to become the largest university-based collection of health services and healthcare policy researchers in the country, and to pursue research that will enhance the health and well-being of people locally, nationally and globally," says Rodney Hayward, M.D., chair of the interim leadership team that has guided IHPI's formation over the past year. He is a professor of internal medicine at the U-M Medical School, a researc
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Contact: Kara Gavin
kegavin@umich.edu
734-764-2220
University of Michigan Health System
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