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Dr. Tammy Chang is a health services researcher and practicing family physician with a passion for adolescent health, specifically, breaking the cycle of poverty and poor health among adolescent mothers and their children. Her research is focused on improving access to reproductive health care and promoting healthy pregnancy weight gain among at-risk adolescents.
Dr. Tammy Chang is an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine and a practicing physician at the Ypsilanti Health Center. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan with honors in Cellular and Molecular Biology and Zoological Anthropology. She also received her medical degree and master of public health degree in health policy and management from the University of Michigan. Dr. Chang completed residency training and served as co-chief resident in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan and is an alumna of the University of Michigan Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars program. She has received several national awards including the Academy Health Presidential Scholarship for New Health Services Researchers, the North American Primary Care Research Group Distinguished Trainee Award, and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Distinguished Paper Award.
Dr. Chang is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and conversant in Spanish.
She sees patients at Family Medicine at Ypsilanti Health Center →
Areas of Interest
- Obesity in reproductive-age women
- New media (social media, text messaging) interventions for weight management
- Collaborations between large corporations and medical field to improve health
In the News
Dr. Chang is the second U-M family physician ever chosen for the prestigious James C. Puffer MD Fellowship, sponsored by the the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM). Her experience follows Katherine J. Gold's tenure as the 2013-2015 fellow.
How has the 2016 presidential election affected the health and wellbeing of young Americans? New research from Tammy Chang, M.D., M.P.H., M.S. and Melissa DeJonckheere, Ph.D. provide context. Share their Conversation piece and find the original article now in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health.
A fresh approach to longitudinal, mixed methods research design, MyVoice harnesses the power of mobile SMS technology and rapid algorithmic text analysis toward their goal of “strategic science.”
MyVoice is an adolescent health and well-being research project, led by Tammy Chang, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.. In just a year, MyVoice has deployed 90 unique text message-based surveys to a population of over 1,000 adolescents and young adults across the United States. And the project is starting to gain national attention.
U-M Family Medicine presents at 2017 North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) annual meeting
Several faculty members from our research division will present their work in at the 2017 NAPCRG annual meeting this fall. NAPCRG is the premier gathering of primary care researchers from around the world.
A new mixed methods study used text message surveys to tap into community conversations about pregnancy health norms and health literacy.
- M.D., University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, Mich., 2007
- University of Michigan Health System, Department of Family Medicine, Mich., 2010
- M.P.H., Health Policy and Management, University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, Mich., 2005
- M.S., Master of Health and Healthcare Research, Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich., 2013
- Research Fellow, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich., 2013
- Family Medicine
- Social Marketing and the Mother-Child Connection: Interdisciplinary Innovation to Address Key Origins of Obesity in the Lifecourse. Global Challenges for Third Century, Co-Investigator (PI: Moniz)
- National Institutes of Health, Speaking Their Language: Using Social Media and Texting to Create an Adolescent-Centered Approach to Healthy Weight Gain During Pregnancy. Role: PI, 4/1/15-4/1/20, $673,650
- MCDTR, MyVoice: Real-Time Text Messaging Polling to Give Adolescents a Voice, Role: PI, 1/1/16-12/31/16, $50,000
- Department of Family Medicine, MyVoice: Real-Time Text Messaging Polling to Give Adolescents a Voice. Role: PI, 9/1/16-8/31/17, $25,000
- Prevention Research Center Grant, Centers for Disease Control, Deaf Weight Wise 2.0, Rochester Prevention Research Center: National Center for Deaf Health Research. Role: Consultant, 09/01/14-09/01/19, $4.35 million.
- Michigan Department of Community Health, Health Michigan Plan CMS Evaluation FY16, Role: Co-I, 10/01/15-09/30/16, $1,221,472
- MCube, MyVoice: Real-Time Text Messaging Polling to Give Adolescents a Voice, Role: PI, 12/01/15-04/29/17, $60,000