U-M Depression Center Chief of Staff Gail Campanella, MBA, has been selected to serve as the first Managing Director of the U-M Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI). Expected to become one of the largest institutes of its kind in the nation and the world, IHPI was approved by the U-M Regents in May of 2011 with a mission “to enhance the health and well-being of local, national and global populations through innovative, interdisciplinary health services research.”
IHPI includes more than 400 faculty members and associated staff and students, from 14 U-M schools and colleges and 5 external partner organizations, working to study and impact health care delivery, quality and policy.
Campanella has served as chief of staff for the U-M Depression Center since 2005, and as Interim Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the National Network of Depression Centers (NNDC) over the past several years.
John Ayanian, M.D., IHPI’s director, announced the appointment, saying, “Gail will play a central role as IHPI becomes a vibrant interdisciplinary research community at the University of Michigan and a national leader in improving health policy and health care.”
Ayanian also thanks Joan Keiser, Ph.D., for serving as interim managing director of IHPI since January, and for her role in developing IHPI’s structure and presence at the North Campus Research Complex.
John Greden, M.D., executive director of the Depression Center, says that Campanella’s appointment “is a recognition not only of her own professional accomplishments in helping to develop the Depression Center and the NNDC, but it also speaks to the successful interdisciplinary, collaborative prototype that we have created involving the Depression Center, Psychiatry, and 32 other departments in 13 different schools, centers and institutes. The widespread impact of depression on overall population health has become a global target.”
Greden notes that several Depression Center members from psychiatry, primary care, other medical specialties, public health, and an array of departments, centers, schools and colleges are already actively involved in IHPI. “We anticipate that having Gail in such an integral role within IHPI will benefit our efforts in the Depression Center, Psychiatry, and other departments and help to further focus and support grant applications addressing public policy, outcomes, the economic implications of depressions, bipolar illnesses and related conditions, and many other variables,” Greden says.