Michael McKee, M.D., MPH
Dr. McKee is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan and a family medicine physician with a hearing loss disability with an interest in addressing health inequities among people with disabilities. Dr. McKee’s current research portfolio centers on healthcare access, health literacy, and health communication for these individuals. He is the PI of two NIH R01 projects. The first studies key differences in attitudes, knowledge, and skills related to health information between Deaf and hearing individuals and determine key mechanisms of health literacy in this population and the second studies pregnancy experiences, maternal and birth outcomes, related healthcare costs and unmet perinatal healthcare needs of women who are deaf and hard of hearing and their infants. Furthermore, Dr. McKee is also leading or collaborating on four other grants to address healthcare issues for Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) people and others with disabilities, including a) studying ways to improve hearing health care and access (including hearing aid technology), b) assessing the role of telemedicine to address mental health gaps, and c) electronic medical record based alerts to promote hearing screenings and referrals for individuals at high risk for hearing loss. The above grants include quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods approaches and use cutting-edge technologies including eye trackers.