Dennis Paradis, MPH
Executive Director

Established in 1986, the Michigan Health Policy Forum is a series of seminars that provide nationally recognized speakers on current health policy topics and relate these issues to Michigan. The Forum was established by an informal group of policy stakeholders from the executive and legislative branches of government (bipartisan), health organizations from the community, and University health professions colleges.

Michigan State University has served as the convener and administrator for the Forum. An Advisory Board with representatives from MSU Colleges of Human Medicine, Nursing, and Osteopathic Medicine, as well as stakeholders representing statewide constituencies meet on a regular basis to determine key health policy issues and potential speakers for forum sessions. The purpose of the forums is to provide state policymakers with a non-partisan opportunity to receive timely and accurate information on current health policy issues.


The next Michigan Health Policy Forum will be on October 29, 2018 at the Radisson Hotel in Lansing, Michigan from 1PM - 4PM. The topic will be “Searching for Sustainable Funding to Prevent Future Health Care Costs”. You will be notified when registration opens.

For decades we have acknowledged that clinical care accounts for only 10% to 15% of healthcare status. Despite an intellectual acceptance of this fact, our healthcare financing mechanisms are reluctant to invest today's healthcare dollar in order to realize a return on investment decades in the future. Consequently, we keep investing more in health care treatment, leaving the United States with the highest per capita healthcare costs in the world, but far from the best health status. The Michigan Health Policy Forum will explore the role that social determinants of health and adverse childhood events (ACEs) play in the health status of our state and examine the health status of Michigan's children today. Following the keynote presentation will be a panel discussion to address how the health financing system could be supporting efforts to provide Michigan's children with the "resilience" required to stave off negative health consequences and raising the question as to how to most effectively finance interventions for social determinants and ACEs.

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