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Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research
A “Sounding Board” article by Jonathan Skinner, Ph.D., (’05), John Sloan Dickey Third Century Professor at Dartmouth College, and Milton Weinstein, Ph.D., of the Harvard School of Public Health, appeared in the January 7, 2010 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. The article, “Comparative Effectiveness and Health Care Spending—Implications for Reform,” discusses the role of cost-effectiveness in containing health care costs and strategies for improving the efficiency of health plans and providers. The article received coverage in Fierce Healthcare and Medscape Today. Skinner was also quoted in an American Public Media Marketplace story that explores what supporters of a tax on so-called Cadillac health plans hope it will accomplish.
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In a commentary published in JAMA, Lenny Lesser, M.D., (‘09) provides three steps by which Medicare could expand preventive care and improve health outcomes while also saving the government and the public money. Dr. Lesser argues that Medicare is both our largest payer for adult health services and the standard by which many other payers model their coverage, and is thus a logical place to effect optimal coverage for preventive services. The commentary, “Improving the Delivery of Preventive Services to Medicare Beneficiaries,” was published in the December 23/30 issue of JAMA. The commentary was also featured in an article on the RWJF Web site.
Bernard Lo, M.D., (‘78) authored, “Strengthening Institutional Review Board Review of Highly Innovative Interventions in Clinical Trials,” a commentary published in the December 23/30 issue of JAMA.
Hugh F. “Trey” Daly, III, J.D., (‘09) was quoted in a December 29, 2009, article in the Cincinnati Enquirer examining the city‘s efforts to reduce the number of properties contaminated with poisonous lead paint. “It does seem like the department is doing a much better job of identifying hazards, working with owners to abate those hazards and making it easier for families with children to move away from the hazards into safe housing,” said Daly, a Legal Aid lawyer. His agency represents people whose children have been poisoned by contaminated homes.
Arnell Hinkle, M.A., R.D., M.P.H., C.H.E.S., (‘06) executive director of CANFIT, has been awarded an Ian Axford (New Zealand) Fellowship in Public Policy. She will be one of five Axford Fellows based in Wellington, New Zealand, from February to September 2010. Her project, “Policy Implementation for Health Equity: Examining Healthy Eating-Healthy Action (HEHA) in Maori and Pacific Communities,” will determine the level of engagement in HEHA of local indigenous and immigrant communities, particularly low-income communities.
Susan Bakewell-Sachs, Ph.D., R.N., P.N.P.-B.C., (‘07) participated on a panel about the impending nursing shortage at the New Jersey Nursing Initiative Business Summit on Health Care on December 8, 2009. Bakewell-Sachs, dean of The College of New Jersey's School of Nursing, Health and Exercise Science, links the nursing shortage to two primary factors: a high turnover rate—one that leads to losses of $20 billion a year nationally and is expected to top $144 billion over the next five years, and a growing number of retirees. Bakewell-Sachs’ remarks received significant coverage in the local media, including Courier News, Home News Tribune and Asbury Park Press.
Gloria McNeal, Ph.D., A.C.N.S.-B.C., F.A.A.N., (‘07), professor and associate dean for community and clinical affairs at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Nursing, was quoted in a Star-Ledger article about a mobile medical clinic provided by the School of Nursing. McNeal shared that the nurses and medical students typically screen 15 to 20 patients per day and travel four days a week to partner sites, including social service agencies, schools and churches.
This month, Elías Provencio-Vasquez, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., F.A.A.N.P., (‘09) became the first Hispanic male named dean of a school of nursing when he began his new role as dean of the University of Texas at El Paso School of Nursing. He is also credited with being the first Hispanic man to earn a doctoral degree in nursing in the country. Previously, he was an associate professor at the University of Miami's School of Nursing and Health Studies. His appointment was announced in The Miami Herald, Hispanic Business, and News @ UTEP, among other publications.
Ann Cary, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.N., A.-C.C.C., (‘05) was appointed as one of two grassroots policy advocates for national higher education in nursing initiatives for Louisiana by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.
Jody Chrastek, M.S.N., R.N., C.H.P.N., (‘02) was selected as one of the six Sages at the Summit of Sages, which is sponsored by the University of Minnesota to recognize exceptional nursing leadership. The theme for this year‘s summit was “Inspiration, Innovation and Transformation.” Chrastek was honored for her work in establishing a transformative model for helping children with pain and palliative care needs and their families. She further developed this model during her time as an Executive Nurse Fellow. Her initiative is being implemented nationally.
Lynne Dunphy, Ph.D., (‘06) received the Rhode Island State Nurses Association (RISNA) President‘s Award at its October 19, 2009 annual meeting. Dunphy was recognized for her work as co-chair of the Rhode Island State Senate Commission on Nursing and for her service in addressing the state‘s impending nursing faculty shortage.
Margaret Grey, Dr.P.H., R.N., F.A.A.N., (‘99) was awarded the Legacy Laureate award from the University of Pittsburgh. This award recognizes the accomplishments of University of Pittsburgh graduates who, by virtue of their accomplishments, serve as role models for the next generation.
Rosalie Mainous, A.R.N.P., N.N.P.-B.C., (‘06) has been appointed to the Committee on Fetus and Newborn, a national committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The committee studies issues in fetal and neonatal care and makes recommendations regarding neonatal practice.
Debbie Swanson, R.N., B.S.N., B.C., (‘99) was selected as the recipient of the American Public Health Association Award of Excellence for 2009. The award is given each year in recognition of an individual whose work has particular effectiveness in applying scientific knowledge or innovative organizational work to the betterment of community health.
Adele Webb, Ph.D., (‘99) will receive the National Academies of Practice (NAP) Nicholas A. Cummings Award on March 20, 2010 at the NAP annual meeting in Arlington, Va. The award annually honors one NAP Academy member for demonstrating outstanding contributions to interprofessional health care.
Maria New, M.D., a Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program national advisory committee member, has been awarded the 2010 Van Wyk Prize by the Lawson Wilkins Pediatric Endocrine Society. The Van Wyk Prize is the Society's most prestigious award in recognition of outstanding career achievement by a member in the field of pediatric endocrinology. New is the program director of the Adrenal Steroid Disorders Program in the Department of Pediatrics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She has been honored for her work by election to the National Academy of Sciences and was inducted into the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Hall of Honor.
Esteban Gonzalez Burchard, M.D., M.P.H., (‘04) a practicing physician and associate professor of biopharmaceutical sciences and medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, participated in a November 2009 panel discussion examining the role of race in scientific research, the Ventura County Star reported. Race should be considered in such research, Burchard said, adding that the 99.9 percent similarity in humans must be put in perspective. A panel of four experts debated the issue at the California Science Center before an audience of more than 600 people.
David Wilkes, M.D., (‘91) will direct the new Indiana Physician Scientist Initiative— a $60 million grant from the Lilly Endowment to the Indiana University (IU) School of Medicine. The grant will help the state's only medical school to recruit top researchers with medical degrees and doctorates. Such physician-scientists specialize in landing grants and overseeing research while also seeing patients—a challenging combination. The Lilly Endowment, a private Indianapolis-based philanthropic foundation, announced the grant on December 15, 2009, according to the Indianapolis Star. Wilkes is executive associate dean of research affairs at the IU School of Medicine.
Michael Bader, Ph.D., (‘09) wrote an op-ed in the December 18, 2009 issue of the Philadelphia Inquirer examining the role race is playing in congressional efforts to reform the U.S. health care system. “While all 46 million uninsured Americans would benefit from health care legislation promoting high-quality, affordable health care, twice the share of the African-American population and three times the proportion of Latinos would benefit. For people of color, health care reform is not just important; it's urgent,” Bader writes.
Allison Aiello, Ph.D., (‘03) was quoted in a December 16, 2009 Wall Street Journal article examining the efficacy of hand washers that claim to kill 99.9 percent of germs. She said that few hand washers follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention‘s guideline to wash hands for 20 to 25 seconds.
David Van Sickle, Ph.D., (‘06) was a featured speaker at the Global Health and the UAE: Asia-Middle East Connection Conference, which was held in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates from January 4 to 8, 2010. Van Sickle‘s presentation focused on the need for alternative approaches to environmental health and public health surveillance. The conference brought together approximately 60 health scientists, researchers and clinicians to discuss a range of global health issues with particular relevance to and emphasis on Asia and the Middle East.
Thomas H. Rice, Ph.D., (‘05) was quoted in a Washington Post article about the proposed tax on high-cost insurance plans included in the Senate‘s health reform bill. Critics claim that the tax is based on the wrong assumption—that high health care costs are the result of patients' overuse of care—when, in fact, it is not overuse but the price of care that is so much higher in the United States than in other developed countries. Rice, an economist and health care expert, argues that “the biggest problem we have isn't that we're demanding so many services, but it's that the type of services we're providing are so expensive.”
Jonathan Skinner, Ph.D., (‘05) was featured in “U.S. Health Care Costs for the Aged Are Sky High,” an article published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Skinner, a professor of economics at Dartmouth College, argues that the United States is spending too much on health care for the elderly because we lack a good strategy for dealing with the “the 80-year-old patient with a chronic illness,” which often leads to a great deal of unnecessary care.
Stephen Hinshaw, Ph.D., (‘08) was quoted in a column in The Washington Times about California‘s use of medical marijuana to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Hinshaw, the psychology department chair at the University of California at Berkeley, whose Investigator project looks at ADHD medication in America, claims that prescribing marijuana to treat ADHD is “one of the worst ideas of all time.”
Nicholas Christakis, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., (‘00) was quoted in an article in the Washington Post about his work on the spread of emotions through social networks. Christakis is also an alumnus of the RWJF Clinical Scholars program.
Mark Hall, J.D., (‘04) was featured in a Winston-Salem Journal article for his work looking at the issues associated with patient and provider discussions around the cost of health care and what can be learned so that providers can help patients make better, cost-conscious choices. The research stems from his Investigator project, “Professional Obligations When Patients Pay Out of Pocket,” which was published in the November 2009 issue of The Journal of Family Practice.
David Meltzer, M.D., Ph.D., (‘07) was featured in a Washington Post article about the debate over health reform‘s impact on costs. Meltzer was among 23 economists and two other Investigator Award recipients, Alan Garber, M.D., Ph.D., (‘03) and Jonathan Skinner, Ph.D., (‘05) who endorsed aspects of the Senate bill in a letter to the President. Meltzer encouraged skeptics to view the Senate bill as a necessary first step in a reform campaign likely to take decades.
Amal Trivedi, M.D., M.P.H., (‘09) was quoted in a post on the health blog of U.S. News & World Report, “Everyone Is Talking About Mammograms, But Many Women Don't Get Them,” which subsequently appeared in the Chicago Daily Herald. Trivedi states, “We‘re still not doing a very good job for women, even when there is no controversy over whether they should be screened.” According to government figures, in 2005 just 71.8 percent of women between ages 50 and 64 and 72.5 percent of women between ages 65 to 74 received a mammogram within the previous two years.
Laura Gomez, J.D., Ph.D., professor of law and American studies and RWJF senior fellow, received the Leadership Award in Writing at the De Colores’ 17th Annual Hispanic Culture Festival. De Colores recognized 12 individuals and one organization whose talent and leadership are improving New Mexico communities.
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