1. Chris Kolb Named Vice President for Government Relations

    Mark Rivett posted December 18, 2020

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    Chris KolbChris Kolb, who currently serves as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s state budget director, has been appointed vice president for government relations at the University of Michigan.

    Kolb has more than 20 years of public service experience in the government and nonprofit sectors, including three terms in the Michigan House of Representatives.

    His five-year appointment — effective Jan. 19 — is authorized by President Mark Schlissel and follows the recommendation from a national search conducted by a search advisory committee. The appointment will be reported to the Board of Regents at its February meeting.

    President Mark Schlissel

    Mark Schlissel: University of Michigan President

    “I am pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Kolb as the vice president for government relations at the University of Michigan,” Schlissel said. “Chris has embraced public service throughout his career, with extensive experience in state and local government, public policy and community relations.”

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  2. Michigan Medicine Ready to Begin Vaccinating Healthcare Workers this Week

    Mark Rivett posted December 14, 2020

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    Our COVID-19 Vaccine & Therapeutics Taskforce is identifying the first groups to be vaccinated based on guidance from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). MDHHS follows Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations based on input from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). ACIP is a CDC advisory committee made up of medical and public health experts who develop recommendations on the use of vaccines in the United States. The CDC and ACIP have defined populations for different vaccination phases:

    • Phase 1A includes paid and unpaid persons serving in health care settings who have direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials and are unable to work from home, as well as residents of long-term care facilities.
    • Phase 1B includes workers in essential and critical industries, including workers with unique skill sets such as non-hospital or non-public health laboratories and mortuary services.
    • Phase 1C includes people at high risk for severe COVID-19 illness due to underlying medical conditions, and people 65 years and older.
    • Phase 2 is a mass vaccination campaign for all adults.

    We expect to receive 1,950 doses today, and should continue to get more vaccine supply on a weekly basis. We will eventually have enough supply for all who want the vaccine.

    You can find more information on the Michigan Medicine Headlines page, which is updated frequently.

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  3. Longest-serving executive officer is retiring from University of Michigan after 22 years

    Mark Rivett posted December 10, 2020

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    Not many high-ranking officials can say they’ve worked for the University of Michigan for nearly a quarter of a century, but Cynthia Wilbanks is one who can.

    Wilbanks is retiring as vice president for government relations around the beginning of 2021. After 22 years of directing UM’s government relations program at the local, state and federal levels, Wilbanks said she will welcome a change of pace, but is careful not to have too much of a plan.

    Cynthia Wilbanks

    Cynthia H. Wilbanks: Vice President for the Office of Government Relation

    “After 25 years of being ‘scheduled’ and ‘on the go,’ I’ll enjoy some time without commitments,” Wilbanks said. “I’m also looking forward to spending more time with my husband, enjoying some warmer weather and a little more golf.”

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