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.



The Team


Preeti Malani, M.D., M.S.J., M.S.

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.

Associate Director

Sarah Clark, M.P.H.

Associate Director

Erica Solway, Ph,D., M.P.H., M.S.W.

Production Manager

Dianne Singer, M.P.H.

Data Analyst

Matthias Kirch, M.S.

IHPI Manager for Strategic Initiatives

Trish Meyer, Ed.M.

IHPI Government and External Relations Director

Eileen Kostanecki, M.A.

Communications & Marketing Manager

Christina Camilli-Whisenhunt, M.P.A.

Media Relations Manager

Kara Gavin, M.S., kegavin@umich.edu or 734-764-2220

Communications Specialist

Mark Lubin, B.A.


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