Dec 16 2011

Human Capital News Roundup

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

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Executive Nurse Fellows alumna Laura Anderko, PhD, RN, commented to the Associated Press about a new Institute of Medicine (IOM) report that examines the environmental risks – everything not governed by genes – for breast cancer. The Wall Street Journal Health blog also cited Anderko’s comments.

Robert Hiatt, MD, PhD, RWJF Health & Society Scholars program site director at the University of California, San Francisco, was a member of the IOM committee that compiled the report. He spoke to Health Day about the analysis.

The Philadelphia CBS affiliate reports that Executive Nurse Fellow Mary Beth Kingston, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, gave remarks at the opening of a health clinic in a Cheltenham, Pennsylvania ShopRite supermarket. Kingston is chief nurse executive at Einstein Healthcare Network, which will staff the clinic.

The November Journal of Professional Nursing included a case study of the New Jersey Nursing Initiative, an initiative of RWJF and the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

NBC Nightly News featured a multi-part series about a yoga program for children in Baltimore. It included an interview with Health & Society Scholars alumna Tamar Mendelson, PhD, MA, who is studying the benefits of yoga for young people. See the videos here, here, here and here.

The Los Angeles Times cited research by Peter Bearman, PhD, Health & Society Scholars program site director at Columbia University, in a story about rising autism rates in the United States.

John Mullahy, PhD, the Health & Society Scholars program site director at the University of Wisconsin, spoke to the Janesville Gazette about local health care facility renovation and construction projects and their impact on consumer demand for services.

Deidra Crews, MD, ScM, FASN, an RWJF Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program scholar, is the lead author of a study that finds high levels of inflammation may explain racial differences in life expectancy among patients on dialysis. MediLexicon and Diabetes in Control report on the findings.

Health & Society Scholars alumna Jennie Brand, PhD, MS, is quoted in a Wall Street Journal Numbers Guy blog post on the value of a college degree.

The Community News wrote about five University of Delaware students who received scholarships from New Careers in Nursing, a program of RWJF and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

RWJF Investigator Award in Health Policy Research recipient Thomas Gallagher, MD, spoke to Business Insurance about best practices for reporting medical errors.

Investigator Daniel Carpenter, PhD, who is also an alumnus of the RWJF Scholars in Health Policy Research program, wrote an op-ed in the New York Times making a case for removing the Food and Drug Administration from the Department of Health and Human Services and making it an independent agency.

“Because of the scale of enforcement, the numbers of people who are interacting with Immigration and Customs Enforcement are just enormous right now,” Scholars in Health Policy Research alumna Jacqueline Stevens, PhD, told the New York Times. Stevens is the author of a study that examined the numbers of Americans erroneously held by immigration authorities.

Kara Odom Walker, MD, MPH, MSHS, an alumna of the RWJF Clinical Scholars program, spoke to Health Leaders Media about a study she led that looks at the impact of hospital safety net closures on primary care physicians.

“As physicians consider treatment options for prostate, lung, breast and other cancers, they and the health care systems where they practice need to develop better tools to assess and measure the individual patient’s values and preferences,” RWJF Physician Faculty Scholar David Haggstrom, MD, MAS, told Health Canal. Haggstrom is co-author of a study that looked at current cancer care quality measures.

Most self-insured companies have implemented employee wellness programs, but increasingly do not find value in health risk assessments, according to a survey by Shape Up RI, a nonprofit that uses social networks to improve the health of Rhode Island residents. RWJF Community Health Leader Rajiv Kumar, MD, is the founder of Shape Up RI.

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