As Research & Policy Media Relations Manager at the U-M Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI), Kara Gavin draws on 25 years of experience in communicating about science, medicine and health policy. Her responsibilities include creating compelling stories about discoveries made by the U-M Medical School's primary care, biomedical and mental health researchers, and the findings and opinions of the 600 healthcare wonks at the U-M IHPI.
Overdose Rates Are Higher, but Opioid Addiction Care Is Harder to Find in Medicaid Work Requirement States
Getting addiction diagnosis or treatment could make the difference between keeping and losing health care coverage for people with substance use disorder in 17 states.
“Prehabilitation” for at-risk patients linked to lower length of stay and total costs by encouraging walking, breathing exercises, nutrition, reducing tobacco and stress.
Despite naloxone recommendations for people who take high-dose opioids, or who have a history of opioid problems, study finds those at risk aren’t getting the overdose rescue drug.
Depression symptoms rise over time when facing multiple conditions that need different types of self-care, especially among husbands whose conditions differ from their wives’.<
Medicaid Expansion Doubled Access to Primary Care and Increased Attention to Health Risks in Low-Income Michiganders
Less reliance on emergency care, more discussions about healthy behaviors and use of preventive care seen in survey of low-income enrollees in the Healthy Michigan Plan.