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Education to Practice Goes to the Capitol

In September, the Michigan Health Council’s Education to Practice team, in partnership with Michigan State University’s Family Impact Seminar, presented information about health care delivery transformation at the State Capitol with legislators, staff, and other health care policymakers.

Don Sefcik, DO, Senior Associate Dean at Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, gave the keynote presentation about how interprofessional care will impact the health of Michigan’s families and helped the audience understand how changes in patients, families, and behaviors will change health care delivery in the future.

What are some of the forces driving the move towards team-based care?

Families are Changing

Michigan is becoming older and more diverse, both in terms of racial makeup, and how families are structured. Families are becoming increasingly multi-generational, with households containing three generations.

These new (which are actually quite old) trends now require care givers to think differently about how and where patients receive care and how family care inter-relates.

Lifestyle and Behaviors Matter

According to the Michigan Department of Community Health, Michigan has above-average rates of many risk factors that contribute to worse health, including obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Team-based approaches to complex and chronic diseases are essential.


Michigan’s health care employers and professionals are an essential part of the Michigan economy, generating more than $15 billion in federal, state, and local tax revenue each year. Furthermore, as baby-boomers continue to retire, Michigan could face shortages of many providers, requiring breaking down existing silos to deliver care more effectively.



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