Why conduct a poll on healthy aging?
The National Poll on Healthy Aging (NPHA) is a recurring, nationally representative household survey.
By tapping into the perspectives of older adults and their caregivers, the NPHA helps inform the public, health care providers, policymakers, and advocates on issues related to health, health care and health policy affecting U.S. adults age 50-80 and their families.
Launched in spring 2017, 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 600 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, U-M's academic medical center.
We share our poll results to elevate the voices of the public, inspire future research, and inform national dialogue. U-M researchers also evaluate the poll data for further insights that are 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 also share findings, news coverage and data visualizations via social media, including the IHPI Twitter account and IHPI LinkedIn page.
The NPHA Advisory Board provides strategic direction on poll topics, dissemination, and public engagement.
In addition to her role as NPHA Director, Dr. Malani serves as U-M's Chief Health Officer, and is also a professor of internal medicine and an infectious disease specialist at the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Malani 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.
Dr. Kullgren is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School and a Research Scientist in the Center for Clinical Management Research at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. Dr. Kullgren holds undergraduate and medical degrees from Michigan State University and a master of public health degree from the University of Michigan. He completed his residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Solway has worked in a variety of roles in policy and research in the area of health and aging. In addition to her role as an NPHA associate director, Dr. Solway is also a Senior Project Manager for the Healthy Michigan Plan evaluation conducted by the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation. 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.
In addition to her role as NPHA production manager, Ms. Singer is a Project Manager for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Michigan Medical School, where she also serves as Poll Manager of the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health. She received her M.P.H. from the University of Michigan.
Mr. Kirch is a data analyst with IHPI, where he provides analytic support as the lead data analyst for the National Poll on Healthy Aging, as well as for 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.
Based in Washington, D.C., Ms. Kostanecki coordinates 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 bachelor's degrees, in Political Science and Spanish, as well as her master’s degree from Wayne State University.
As Manager for Strategic Initiatives for IHPI, 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. One of these key programs is the NPHA. 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.
In her role managing IHPI's marketing/communications activities, Ms. Camilli-Whisenhunt advises on communications and dissemination strategy for NPHA. 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.
Ms. Gavin specializes in writing engaging stories about discoveries and issues in science, medicine and health policy. As a Lead Public Relations Representative for Michigan Medicine and as Research & Policy Media Relations manager for IHPI, Ms. Gavin writes press releases and coordinates media relations activities for NPHA. 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. Ms. Gavin is a science writing graduate of Lehigh University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Ms. Hutchens writes and disseminates a variety of original content across a diverse range of internal and external communication platforms to support IHPI’s mission and promote the impact of IHPI research. In this role, she provides editorial project support for NPHA. Ms. Hutchens received her master’s degree in public health from the University of Washington and her bachelor’s degree in history from Carleton College.
Ms. Smith is a multimedia designer for IHPI, providing design support for NPHA. Prior to joining IHPI, she worked as a graphic designer for the communications and marketing department at Ohio University. She also served as an adjunct faculty teaching a basic information design course for the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University. She received her B.F.A. in graphic design, as well as an M.A. in interactive media from Ohio University.
Ms. Clark is an Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Michigan Medical School and serves as a consultant to the NPHA. She also serves as the Co-Director of the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health. Ms. Clark 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.