Charles W. Given is Director of the research division of the Michigan State University Institute for Health Policy and a professor in the Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Given received his PhD in sociology from Michigan State University in 1969. Dr. Given has been actively involved in research in long-term care; home care for chronic illnesses including cancer, with a focus on symptom clusters; health services issues; and physical function. He has been involved in randomized clinical trials of cognitive and behavioral interventions for the management of symptoms among patients with solid tumor cancers undergoing chemotherapy. Dr. Given's current work focuses on assessing and streamlining services for the MI Choice Home and Community Based Waiver program and on medication management and improved adherence to complex medications for chronic diseases.