About the Poll
 

Why conduct a poll on healthy aging?

By tapping into the perspectives of older adults and their caregivers, the University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging (NPHA) helps inform the public, health care providers, policymakers, and senior advocates on issues related to health, health care and health policy affecting Americans 50 years of age and older.

The poll is designed as a recurring, nationally representative household survey of U.S. adults, which allows us to assess issues in a timely fashion.

Launched in spring 2017, the NPHA is modeled after the highly successful U-M C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health. The NPHA grew out of a strong interest in aging-related issues among many members of the U-M Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, which brings together more than 500 faculty who study health, health care and the impacts of health policy. In addition to IHPI and AARP, the poll receives support from Michigan Medicine, the U-M academic medical center.

We will share our poll results in order to elevate the voices of the public, inspire future research, and inform national dialogue in a timely fashion. U-M researchers will also evaluate the poll data for further insights to be shared via academic channels.

We welcome anyone to sign up for notification of poll results; members of the media may also request pre-embargo access on our For Media page. We will also share findings, news coverage and data visualizations via social media including the IHPI Twitter account and IHPI LinkedIn page.

 

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The Team

Director

As the Director of the National Poll on Healthy Aging, Dr. Malani is a professor of internal medicine and an infectious disease specialist at University of Michigan Medical School. She also is fellowship trained in geriatric medicine. Dr. Malani is associate editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and previously helped oversee Media Relations for the JAMA Network. She received her M.D. degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine. Prior to medical school, she completed a Masters in Journalism at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.

Erica Solway, Ph.D., M.S.W., M.P.H.
Associate Director

Dr. Solway serves as an associate director of the National Poll on Healthy Aging. She is also a Senior Project Manager with the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation. Dr. Solway has worked in a variety of roles in policy and research in the area of health and aging. Before returning to U-M, Dr. Solway served as a policy advisor with the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging. She received her master’s degree in social work and master’s degree in public health as well as a Specialist in Aging certificate from the University of Michigan and doctoral degree in medical sociology from the University of California, San Francisco.

Associate Director

As associate director of the National Poll on Healthy Aging, Sarah Clark is an Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Michigan Medical School. She also serves as the Co-Director of the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health. Sarah received her M.P.H. from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and joined the faculty at the University of Michigan in 1998. Her current work focuses on immunization policies at the state and federal level; physician knowledge, attitudes, and practices related to child health; parental perspectives on child health; and evaluation of Medicaid policy and programs.

Dianne C. Singer, M.P.H.
Production Manager

As production manager of the National Poll on Healthy Aging, Dianne Singer is a Project Manager in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Michigan Medical School.  She also serves and Poll Manager of the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health. Dianne received her M.P.H. from the University of Michigan.

 

Matthias Krich, M.S.
Data Analyst

Mr. Kirch is a data analyst with the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, providing analytic support for the National Poll on Healthy Aging, as well as other evaluation projects conducted by the Institute. He received his M.S. degree in Health Services Research, Policy and Administration with a minor in Biostatistics from the University of Minnesota.

Eileen Kostanecki, M.A.
Director, Government & External Relations

Based in Washington, D.C., Ms. Kostanecki coordinates University of Michigan’s Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI) interactions with local, state, and federal policymakers, including elected officials, agency officials, and external stakeholders that are involved in developing healthcare policy. She advances and disseminates IHPI health services research and expertise to inform and evaluate healthcare policy. Ms. Kostanecki has served in government relations and policy roles for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, the state of Michigan, the state of California, and Henry Ford Health System. She earned two bachelors degrees, in Political Science and Spanish, as well as her master’s degree from Wayne State University.

Trish Meyer, Ed.M.
Manager, Strategic Initiatives & Programs

As Manager for Strategic Initiatives for the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, Ms. Meyer is responsible for identifying and launching collaborative signature projects and programs which align with the Institute’s mission and vision, and draw upon the multi-disciplinary expertise of IHPI’s members. Before joining IHPI, Ms. Meyer served as the Manager of Outreach & Education for the U-M Depression Center from 2005-2016, where she garnered extensive experience developing, implementing, and evaluating educational initiatives related to adolescent and young adult mental health. Ms. Meyer has an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan, and a Master’s degree in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Kara Gavin, M.S.
Research & Policy Media Relations Manager

Ms. Gavin, specializes in writing engaging stories about discoveries and issues in science, medicine and health policy. For more than 20 years, most of them at the U-M, she has helped bring the work of researchers to broad public audiences and reporters. A science writing graduate of Lehigh University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, she serves a Lead Public Relations Representative for Michigan Medicine, and as Research & Policy Media Relations manager for the U-M Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation.

Christina Camilli-Whisenhunt, M.P.A.
Communications & Marketing Manager

Ms. Camilli-Whisenhunt manages the marketing communications activities of the University of Michigan’s Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI).Her professional communications career spans 20 years, and includes work at Fortune 500 companies, non-profit, and academia. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in public administration from Eastern Michigan University.

Mark Lubin, M.S.
Communications Specialist

Mr. Lubin assists members of the communications team in developing and executing communications-based projects including media monitoring, information tracking, electronic media, and team logistics. He also provides project support as needed to the Director of Government Relations and other IHPI managers. Mr. Lubin received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in integrated marketing and communications from Eastern Michigan University.

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