Category Archives: Awards & Accolades
The following are among the many honors received recently by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) leaders, scholars, fellows, grantees and alumni:
Patrick Conway, MD, an alumnus of the RWJF Clinical Scholars program, has been named deputy administrator for innovation and quality at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Conway will continue to serve as the CMS chief medical officer and director of the CMS Center for Clinical Standards and Quality.
President Barack Obama has named John Friedman, PhD, to the National Economic Council as a special assistant to the president for economic policy. Friedman is an assistant professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he has worked on a wide range of topics, including taxation, health care, and education. He is an RWJF Scholars in Health Policy Research alumnus.
Maureen G. Phipps, MD, MPH, an alumna of the Clinical Scholars program, became the new chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and assistant dean for teaching and research on women’s health at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University on September 1. She was also named chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island and executive chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Care New England.
Susan B. Hassmiller, senior adviser for nursing at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and director of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, has been elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the venerable institution announced this morning. It is one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine.
Hassmiller shapes and leads RWJF’s strategies to transform the nursing profession to improve health and health care. She joined RWJF in 1997. In 2009, she received the Florence Nightingale Medal, the highest international honor given to a nurse by the International Committee of the Red Cross. Read more about Hassmiller’s election to the IOM.
Among the IOM’s 80 new members are two other nurses: Beverly Louise Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN, CEO, National League for Nursing, New York City; and Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAANP, FAAN, associate vice president for health promotion, College of Nursing, Ohio State University, Columbus.
Established in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences, the IOM is widely recognized as a national resource for independent, scientifically informed analysis and recommendations on health issues.
Laura Anderko, an alumna of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Executive Nurse Fellows (ENF) program (2005-2008), received a prestigious honor from the White House last week for her work to protect health in a changing climate.
The Robert and Kathleen Scanlon Endowed Chair in Values Based Health Care at the School of Nursing & Health Studies at Georgetown University, Anderko was named a “Champion of Change” by the White House. On July 9, she and 10 other “champions” who work at the intersection of the climate and public health attended an event with top government officials to discuss their work.
Anderko, PhD, RN, said in an interview that she was “honored, thrilled, and surprised” to receive the recognition and added that the honor will help raise awareness of the health implications of climate change. My hope, she said, is that this award helps this issue gain “more prominence in the minds of society, not just in America, but globally.”
The ENF program had a “huge impact” on my career, she added. It allowed me to “really immerse myself in environmental health” and taught me to “think big and consider unusual and unlikely partners”—a theme she addressed during the July 9 event at the White House.
“Champions of Change” are recognized by the White House for their work in a wide range of fields. The program was created as an opportunity for the administration to recognize American individuals, businesses and organizations that are “doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities.”
“Laura Anderko is making strong efforts to change her community’s ways on treating the environment and is leading the way on climate and health,” a White House release stated.
Learn more about Champions of Change here.
Modern Healthcare’s “50 Most Influential Physician Executives in Healthcare” this year includes eight alumni of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars program. The honorees included on the annual list are chosen by readers and the senior editors of the publication “for their leadership in the varied sectors of the industry, whether provider organizations, government agencies, associations, insurers or supplier companies.”
The Clinical Scholars alumni included this year are:
- Kelvin Baggett, MD, senior vice president and chief medical officer, Tenet Healthcare Corp. (Dallas, Texas);
- Mark Chassin, MD, president, Joint Commission (Oak Brook Terrace, Ill.);
- Patrick Conway, MD, chief medical officer, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and director, CMS Center for Clinical Standards and Quality (Baltimore, Md.);
- Elliott Fisher, MD, MPH, director, Center for Population Health and director, Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice (Lebanon, N.H.);
- Gary Gottlieb, MD, MBA, president and CEO, Partners HealthCare (Boston, Mass.);
- Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA, president and CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Princeton, N.J.);
- Reed Tuckson, MD, FACP, executive vice president and chief of medical affairs, UnitedHealth Group (Minnetonka, Minn.); and
- Robert Wachter, MD, professor and associate chairman, Department of Medicine, University of California at San Francisco (San Francisco, Calif.).
The following are among the many honors received recently by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) leaders, scholars, fellows and grantees.
RWJF Clinical Scholars alumnus David J. Shulkin, MD, has been named chair of the board of the New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals. Shulkin is president of Morristown Medical Center and vice president of Atlantic Health System.
Health & Society Scholars alumna Janxin Leu, PhD, joined HopeLab as Director of Product Innovation, where she will direct the Lab’s “new initiative to promote human resilience and inner values through social-tech innovation.”
The University of North Carolina Board of Governors has approved the UNC School of Nursing’s proposal to add the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree to its graduate clinical offerings. Two RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows alumnae were instrumental in ensuring the proposal’s approval: School of Nursing Dean Kristen M. Swanson, PhD, RN, FAAN, and newly-appointed DNP program director Debra J. Barksdale, PhD, RN, CFNP, CANP.
Kevin B. Johnson, MD, MS, the Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor, chair of Biomedical Informatics, and a professor of pediatrics at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, has joined the RWJF Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program National Advisory Committee.
The following are among the honors received recently by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) scholars, fellows and grantees.
Several RWJF scholars were named to the 2012 class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellows. They include: RWJF Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research recipients Amy Finkelstein, PhD, MPhil, and Joseph Fins, MD; RWJF Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program alumni Griffin Rodgers, MD, MACP, and Emery Brown, MD, PhD; and RWJF Scholars in Health Policy Research alumnus Vincent Hutchings, PhD.
Debra Ann Toney, PhD, MS, BSN, FAAN, an alumna of the RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows program, is one of 22 Americans selected by Coca-Cola to carry the Olympic Flame in the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay. The torchbearers will carry the flame in and around Oxford, England, July 9 to 11 before the opening ceremony on July 27.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) recently announced the establishment of the Young Leader Awards: Recognizing Leadership for a Healthier America. The awards will honor young leaders, 40 years of age and under, who offer great promise for leading the way to improved health and health care for all. Up to 10 awards of $40,000 will be granted to outstanding young leaders.
The Young Leader Awards will recognize emerging leaders who have demonstrated the characteristics needed to improve health and health care through leadership and innovation. These characteristics—a combination of personal attributes, commitment to health and health care, and successful experience—demonstrate an ability to lead and innovate and they signal the potential to become a greater leader in the coming years.
The Young Leader Awards are part of RWJF’s 40th anniversary celebration. Awardees will be announced in October.
To learn more about the qualifications or to nominate a Young Leader, visit http://RWJFyoungleaderawards.org.
Human Capital News Roundup: Babies born experiencing drug withdrawal, medication-dosing errors, permanent patients, and more.
Around the country, print, broadcast and online media outlets are covering the groundbreaking work of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) scholars, fellows and grantees. Some recent examples:
A study led by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Clinical Scholar Stephen W. Patrick, MD, MPH, MS, has received coverage in a number of major media outlets. The first-of-its-kind study examined the increasing trend of drug withdrawal in newborns and its impact on the U.S. health care system. The number of babies born experiencing drug withdrawal increased nearly three-fold between 2000 and 2009, the study finds, and the number of pregnant women using opiate drugs at the time of delivery increased nearly five-fold. During the same period, the cost of health care for these babies nearly quadrupled. Among the outlets to cover the findings: The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, USA Today, NPR, CNN’s The Chart blog, and Fox News. Read more about the study.
The Post-Standard (Syracuse, N.Y.) featured the work of RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows alumna Luvenia Cowart, EdD, RN, one of nine 2012 Post-Standard Achievement Award winners, for her efforts to eliminate health disparities experienced by Syracuse’s African American community. “Since 1999 Cowart has been using black barbershops and churches as her classroom to educate people about prostate cancer, diabetes and other diseases, and the importance of exercise and healthy eating,” the newspaper reports. The winners will be honored at a luncheon May 9.
A study co-authored by RWJF Physician Faculty Scholar H. Shonna Yin, MD, MS, finds parents with poor math and reading skills are more likely than others to give their children incorrect doses of medicine, Health Day reports. The researchers found that parents with math skills at the third-grade level were nearly five times more likely to make a medication-dosing error than those with math skills at the sixth-grade level or higher. “Dosing liquid medications correctly can be especially confusing, as parents may need to understand numerical concepts such as how to convert between different units of measurement, like milliliters, teaspoons and tablespoons,” Yin said.
The following are among the honors received recently by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) scholars, fellows and grantees.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Health & Society Scholars program National Advisory Committee (NAC) member James Knickman, PhD, was among those honored by the National Hispanic Health Foundation as an outstanding role model who has transformed health care for underserved communities.
Amelie G. Ramirez, DrPH, also a member of the Health & Society Scholars program NAC was named to a panel of external advisors for the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research.
Mary Mazanec, MD, JD, an alumna of the RWJF Health Policy Fellows program, has been named the new director of the Library of Congress’ Congressional Research Service.
Health Policy Fellows alumna Nancy Ridenour, PhD, RN, was named New Mexico Distinguished Nurse of the Year (2011) by the New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence.
The University of New Mexico announced the selection of Health Policy Fellows alumnus Robert G. Frank, PhD, as its new president. Frank will take office in June 2012.
RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholar Maria Katapodi, PhD, RN, is the project director of a multidisciplinary team at the University of Michigan that received a three-year, $900,000 grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study methods to increase cancer screening by young breast cancer survivors and their high-risk female relatives.
Kathleen Stevens, EdD, RN, FAAN, an RWJF Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative (INQRI) grantee, received the nursing honor society Sigma Theta Tau International’s Episteme Award. It is one of nursing’s most prestigious research honors. As part of the award, Stevens will be inducted into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame in July 2012 at the society’s 23rd International Nursing Research Congress in Australia.
RWJF Announces Most Influential Research Articles of 2011: Nurse Faculty Scholar Study is Among Them
The results are in! The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) asked you to help choose the most influential research conducted by RWJF grantees in 2011, and the results have been announced. More than 2,200 people from all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, voted.
Among those selected for the “Final 5” Most Influential Research Articles of 2011 was a study led by RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholar Matthew D. McHugh, PhD, JD, MPH, RN, CRNP, an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. McHugh is the only nurse among the finalists.
The study, published in Health Affairs, found that nurses caring directly for patients in hospitals or nursing homes have higher job dissatisfaction and burnout than nurses in other settings. Patient satisfaction levels were also lower in settings in which more nurses were unhappy with their work environments.
“A good place for nurses to work is a good place for patients to receive care,” McHugh says. “Improving the work environment for nurses leads to more satisfied nurses who are more likely to stay in their job. Patients cared for in these environments have better health outcomes and are more satisfied with their care.”
McHugh published the study at the start of his term as an RWJF Scholar. “The Nurse Faculty Scholars program has been great,” he says. “It’s allowed me to expand my focus and move in new directions. I’m doing research that will help explain root causes of racial and ethnic disparities in health outcomes based on where people live, where they get hospital care, and differences in nursing in the hospitals where they receive care.”