Dec 2 2011

Human Capital News Roundup

Here’s a sampling of recent news coverage of the work of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars and Fellows:

The Philadelphia Inquirer profiled newly named Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Community Health Leader Im Ja Choi, MS, founder of Korean American Senior Services of Pennsylvania, which works “to train and provide Korean-speaking home health aides to those in the immigrant community.”

Gabriel Rincón, also a 2011 Community Health Leader, was profiled by Salud Today and

Community Health Leader alumna Judi Hilman, executive director of the Utah Health Policy Project, spoke to the Deseret News about a proposed idea to offer Utah citizens who cannot afford Medicaid the option to complete community service in exchange for health benefits.

Yolette Bonnet, MBA, also an alumna of the Community Health Leaders program, spoke to the Washington Post about the impact of federal funding cuts on community health centers.

“As health professionals, we understand the connection between healthy eating and good health, and our hospitals should be role models in this regard,” RWJF Clinical Scholar Lenard Lesser, MD, told Health News Digest. Lesser is the primary investigator of a study that assessed the quality of food served at California children’s hospitals. Read more about Lesser's study.

Clinical Scholar Eugenia C. Garvin, MD, wrote an op-ed for the Philadelphia Inquirer about the impact of neglected properties on neighborhood residents’ health. “The idea that cleaning and greening vacant lots improves health makes sense to me as a physician,” she writes.

“The College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center has received $100,000 through the RWJF New Careers in Nursing program to support the education of disadvantaged, minority and male students, who are underrepresented in the nursing field,” the Memphis Daily News reports.

Health Imaging reports that Comilla Sasson, MD, an alumna of the Clinical Scholars program, is the lead author of a study that finds the chances of surviving a heart attack outside of the hospital have not significantly improved in the last 30 years.

Women who are pregnant or who have recently given birth interact with the health care system more often than their peers, providing an opportunity for increased screening for those who may be at risk for suicide from major depression or conflicts with intimate partners, according to a new study. Health Canal reports that Clinical Scholars alumnus Vijay Singh, MD, MPH, MS, is one of the authors of the study.

WIVB-TV and WISH-TV cited a study led by RWJF Physician Faculty Scholar Ruchi Gupta, MD, MPH, that finds that an increasing number of U.S. children have food allergies.

RWJF Executive Nurse Fellow Juliann Sebastian, PhD, RN, FAAN, spoke at a hearing of the Nebraska legislature's Health and Human Services and Appropriations committees last week about the state’s nursing shortage. The Journal Star and the North Platte Bulletin report the story.

Executive Nurse Fellow Mary Beth Kingston, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, was interviewed by Executive Leaders Radio.

Wisconsin Public Radio reports that Executive Nurse Fellow Julie Willems Van Dijk, PhD, RN, and colleagues have received a grant to further their research on the benefit of treatment and diversion programs as an alternative to prison sentences.

RWJF Investigator Award in Health Policy Research recipient Howard Markel, MD, PhD, FAAP, was a guest on NPR’s Talk of the Nation to discuss his recently released book, “An Anatomy of Addiction: Sigmund Freud, William Halsted, and the Miracle Drug Cocaine.”

A book by Investigator Award winner Jason Karlawish, MD, was also in the news: The New York Times published a review of “Open Wound.”

Investigator Edward Maibach, PhD, MPH, who recently oversaw a study that found most Americans aren’t sure about climate change, spoke to about the topic. There is “a huge disconnect between the actual science and what the American public believes,” he said.

The Washington Post quoted Michelle Mello, JD, PhD, MPhil, also an Investigator Award winner, in a story about medical malpractice cases.

RWJF Scholars in Health Policy Research program alumnus John Cawley, PhD, wrote a blog post for the New York Times Room for Debate blog about “Why the Overweight Earn Less.” “Is [the wage gap] an accurate reflection of worker contributions or the result of discrimination?” he writes.

Scholar in Health Policy Research alumnus and Investigator Award winner Richard Scheffler, PhD, wrote a letter to the editor in the New York Times in response to an article on bundled payments and the health care cost curve.

A New York Times editorial cited a study by Scholars in Health Policy Research alumna Martha Bailey, PhD, that examined the differences in college graduation rates between the rich and poor. Bailey found the rates have widened by more than 50 percent since the 1990s.

Hans Noel, PhD, also an alumnus of the Scholars in Health Policy Research program, is quoted in a post on the Washington Post’s Wonkblog about the factors that help determine U.S. elections and how campaign ads influence public attitudes.

RWJF Health & Society Scholars program alumna Sabrina McCormick, PhD, was a guest on NBC Nightly News to discuss the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation. McCormick is lead author of the study.

Keen News Service cited research by Health & Society Scholar alumnus Mark Hatzenbuehler, PhD, that finds a positive social environment that includes such supports as gay-straight alliances can decrease the risk of suicide attempts by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth. Read more about Hatzenbuehler’s research.

Health & Society Scholar alumna Kate Strully, PhD, MA, was interviewed by the Tampa Tribune about the health effects that can result from the stress associated with losing a job. “We suspect people who have underlying health problems may be at greater risk,” she said. “In spite of all the barriers to take care of yourself, it’s an important time to do that.”

Belinda Needham, PhD, MA, also an alumna of the Health & Society Scholars program, spoke to Fox News about why depression may cause weight gain.

Robert Aronowitz, MD, program director for the Health & Society Scholars program and recipient of an Investigator Award in Health Policy Research, was quoted in a New York Times essay on the “changing definition” of cancer.

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