The Michigan State University Institute for Health Policy is a unit within the College of Human Medicine (MSU CHM), Division of Public Health. The Institute serves a unique role facilitating and supporting collaborative relationships among CHM faculty and researchers throughout campus. These collaborative activities inform policymakers, state agencies and others with a goal of improving health care delivery in Michigan.

Our mission is to advance knowledge of health and well-being through research, policy evaluation, quality improvement initiatives and collaborative partnerships.


Core Activities

  • Works closely with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), Michigan Medicaid managed care plans, professional organizations, and community-based agencies on collaborative projects to improve health care delivery in Michigan;
  • Supports and conducts health research and analysis by MSU faculty on issues of quality of care, access to care, health disparities, and other topics impacting Medicaid, the underserved, and other populations;
  • Conducts health policy analyses to assist decision makers at state, local, and national levels;
  • Provides quality improvement technical assistance and support to Michigan Medicaid managed care plans and the Michigan Medicaid program; and
  • Offers workshops, educational seminars, and web-based education for various audiences and participates in educational functions offered by other MSU colleges and organizations.

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Institute for Health Policy partners with IPPSR for Legislator Education

Special long-term project supports health and wellness

Michigan State University’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR) will partner with the Institute for Health Policy (IHP) to create a hub for critical policy leadership, education and learning. The Michigan Health Endowment Fund announced a $434,891 grant to IPPSR on November 25, 2018.

The grant is part of a group of special projects and emerging ideas awards to 30 Michigan organizations across the state working to improve the health and wellness of state residents, the Health Fund said in its announcement.

“We are thrilled to be among the recipients,” said Arnold Weinfeld, interim director of IPPSR in MSU’s College of Social Science.

The Health Fund’s special projects and emerging ideas awards are by invitation only, and are designed to support projects with prospects for significant statewide impact on the health of Michigan residents, Weinfeld said.

IPPSR’s project builds on the successes of its long-term Legislative Leadership Program, launched in 1994.

Through the grant, IPPSR will partner with the Institute for Health Policy to create a special health track designed to enhance understanding of health challenges and policy.

Dennis Paradis, Executive Director of the Michigan Health Policy Forum will direct IHP’s participation. “We will be collaborating with the Health Endowment Fund, Michigan Health Policy Forum and key stakeholders to focus on health policy issues with specifically designed sessions for policymakers that will meld research and practice through specialized forums and expanded training sessions”, said Paradis.

The Legislative Leadership Program already invites new members of Michigan’s House of Representatives and Michigan Senate to engage in a unique policy learning experience in the brief time between election and their first legislative sessions. “This is a further enhancement of MSU building status as a hub for policy information and education,” Weinfeld said.