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Apr 12 2011

RWJF Scholars, Fellows and Leaders in the News

The Economist featured a story about Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Health & Society Scholar David Van Sickle, Ph.D., who created an asthma inhaler equipped with a global positioning system (GPS) device. Every time the inhaler is used, it records the location, date and time, which can help track trends that will help public health professionals help asthma sufferers. Read The Economist story. Learn more about Van Sickle’s work.

Zachary F. Meisel, M.D., an emergency physician and RWJF Clinical Scholar, co-authored a column on about whether emergency departments should turn away non-urgent patients. “The fact is that nobody knows if they are having an emergency when they go in” to the emergency department, they write. “We all need to recognize the value of figuring it out, explaining what the problem is and providing reassurance, and the convenience of being open all the time.” Read the column.

Utah is one of the states chosen to host a Regional Action Coalition (RAC), to implement the findings of the Institute of Medicine Future of Nursing report. Read the Salt Lake Tribune editorial, co-authored by Susan Hassmiler, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., RWJF senior advisor for nursing, on nurses’ role in health reform. Learn more about RACs and the Future of Nursing report.

Feb 4 2011

RWJF Community Health Leader Named Health Advocate of the Year

Congratulations to RWJF Community Health Leader Judi Hilman (2008) for being named Families USA’s Consumer Health Advocate of the Year. Hilman is executive director of the Utah Health Policy Project, which assures quality, affordable, comprehensive health care coverage for all Utah residents through research, policy advocacy and civic participation activities.

The award, which recognizes outstanding contributions on behalf of our nation’s health care consumers, was presented to Hilman at Families USA’s annual Health Action conference last month.

Learn more about Hilman’s work.