Jan 12 2012
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Human Capital News Roundup: RWJF Scholars in the Media Discussing Children's Playgrounds, Women's Health Costs, and Much More

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

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Senior Program Officer Maryjoan Ladden, PhD, RN, FAAN, was a guest blogger for The Doctor Weighs In, posting about the importance of interprofessional collaboration and coordination, drawing on the latest edition of Charting Nursing’s Future. Ladden is also an alumna of the RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows program.

RWJF Health & Society Scholars program National Advisory Committee member Amelie G. Ramirez, DrPH, wrote an op-ed for the Austin American Statesman about Salud America, an RWJF research network working to prevent obesity among Latino children.

Gary A. Taubes, MSE, MS, recipient of an RWJF Investigator Award in Health Policy Research, was featured in an Orlando Sentinel four-part special report about why so many Americans are obese. The series examined what we eat, the influence of heredity, lifestyle and the environment. Taubes is the author of “Why We Get Fat.” Read more about Taubes’ work.

The reasons that some playgrounds don’t appeal to children are explored in new research by RWJF Physician Faculty Scholars alumna Kristen A. Copeland, MD, FAAP. MedPage Today reports on the study’s findings. Reuters and United Press International (UPI) also reported on Copeland’s research. Read about Copeland’s research on factors that impede physical activity in child care settings.

TIME magazine’s Curious Capitalist blog reports on a white paper coauthored by Investigator Award winner Frank Levy, PhD, that examines labor productivity and income inequality in the United States over the last 30 years. A Reuters’ blog post also cited Levy’s research. “[Levy] said surveys of Americans that gauge how many households can find affordable health care, education and housing” would be a practical way to study how to aid the middle class, the author writes.

Investigator Bryan J. Weiner, PhD, is quoted in a UPI story about the MOVE! weight-management program that will be put in place at Veterans Health Administration medical facilities to screen systematically for obesity among veterans and help reduce its incidence.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the MyHeartMap Challenge, led by RWJF Clinical Scholars alumna Raina Merchant, MD, MS, which is working to make Philadelphia citizens more aware of the city’s automated external defibrillators (AEDs). The researchers will ultimately create an interactive AED registry for the city’s 911 system that is also accessible to the public on a smartphone application. The project begins with a contest where participants hunt down and transmit photos and locations of AEDs to the researchers for the chance to win a $10,000 prize.

Renee Hsia, MD, MSc, a Physician Faculty Scholar, is the lead author of a study that finds “hospitals in California that served a greater proportion of black patients were more likely to shutter their emergency departments in the past decade than hospitals with fewer black patients,” Reuters reports.

The RWJF Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College “has been called the most ambitious of its kind in the United States,” the Nashville Ledger writes. “Its aim is to increase the number and diversity of PhD-level scholars with formal training in political science, sociology and economics, and who also work in health services and health policy research.”

Nurses.com reports that Investigator Award winner Thomas Gallagher, MD, is one of the authors of a study that finds that most nurses who work in nursing homes consider disclosing errors to be a “difficult process” in their workplace.

Investigator Matthew Nisbet, PhD, wrote an op-ed for BigThink.com about “the growing vagueness” of fair trade and organic labels for food.

Jens Ludwig, PhD, also an Investigator Award winner, spoke to the Huffington Post about the impact of pre-kindergarten programs on disadvantaged students.

The Carolina Peacemaker reports that Investigator Mark Hall, JD, was part of a panel discussion last month in Greensboro, North Carolina about the health reform law.

Patricia Noga, PhD, RN, MBA, NEA-BC, was quoted in an Eagle Tribune story about the impact of drug shortages on hospitals and patient care. Noga is a grantee of the RWJF Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative (INQRI) and vice president for clinical affairs at the Massachusetts Hospital Association.

NJ Spotlight reports on New Jersey’s efforts to develop a health insurance exchange, a component of the Affordable Care Act. INQRI grantee Joel Cantor, director of the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy, is leading the initiative to design the exchange and evaluate policy options that must be addressed in the process.

INQRI grantee Jean Johnson, PhD, RN, FAAN, talked to MedScape Today about “New Ways MDs, NPs, and PAs Can Work Together” [subscription only].

“Whatcom County hosted a public-health study that yielded an unsurprising result: Home visits by nurses tended to work better than mailings to educate people on how to deal with health risks in their homes,” the Bellingham Herald reports. Executive Nurse Fellows alumna Patricia Butterfield, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the lead author of the study.

Executive Nurse Fellows alumna Victoria Niederhauser, DrPH, MSN, APRN, PNP-C, was interviewed by NurseZone.com about a program that teaches nursing students about the patient experience.

Do you live in a building with a doorman? Did you tip enough this holiday season? Health & Society Scholars program site director Peter Bearman, PhD, author of “Doormen,” spoke to the New York Times about the relationships between Manhattan doormen and tenants.

The Root reports on Health & Society Scholar Wizdom Powell, PhD, being chosen for the prestigious White House Fellows program. Read more about the honor.

A study by Health & Society Scholar Sarah Burgard, PhD, MS, MA, is cited in a Washington Post column on “midnight moms.”

New Jersey Newsroom reprinted an interview with Health & Society Scholar A. Janet Tomiyama, PhD, on the relationship between comfort food, stress and health.

Slate’s Future Tense blog cited a New England Journal of Medicine article coauthored by Investigator Award winner Aaron S. Kesselheim, MD, JD, MPH, in a post about online marketing by pharmaceutical companies. Read a post Kesselheim wrote for the Human Capital blog about the pharmaceutical industry marketing to medical students and how it impacts their prescribing choices as physicians.

Syphilis may have been brought to Europe by Christopher Columbus when he came back from the Americas, according to research led by Health & Society Scholars alumna Kristin Harper, PhD, MPH. “Syphilis was one of the first examples of a truly global epidemic,” Harper told ABC News, “and I think its history demonstrates how effectively a novel pathogen can spread around the world, even without the benefit of modern travel, and also how hard it is to predict where and when a novel new infection may arise and permanently take hold in a population.”

Johns Hopkins Nursing magazine recognized two faculty members who have been honored by RWJF. Pamela Jeffries, PhD, RN, is an Executive Nurse Fellow, and Sarah Szanton, PhD, CRNP, is an RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholar.

Physician Faculty Scholar Michael Ong, MD, PhD, was quoted in a story on the website of Salt Lake City’s KSL-TV about the benefits of smoking cessation counseling provided to patients by their primary care doctors.

Neal Hooker, professor of food marketing, and his partner, John Stanton, also a food marketing professor, are working under a $330,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture specialty crop initiative grant to identify strategies to help retailers better promote, advertise and price mushrooms,” The Packer reports. Hooker, MA, PhD, received an Investigator Award.

SeattlePi.com cited a study led by RWJF Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program scholar alumnus Yonas Geda, MD, that finds stimulating mental activities can decrease the risk of cognitive impairment at any age.

John Friedman, PhD, an alumnus of the RWJF Scholars in Health Policy Research program, co-authored a paper that examines the long-lasting impacts – including positive effects outside of the classroom – a good teacher can have on a student. Read about the paper in the New York Times.

Health Canal reports on a study co-authored by Clinical Scholars alumna Kelly Kyanko, MD, finding that women pay higher health costs than men, most likely because of their use of out-of-network services.

Physician Faculty Scholar Seth Glickman, MD, spoke to Today’s Hospitalist about how hospitals can improve their “door-in-door-out” times for heart attack patients (the time it takes to evaluate patients and transfer them to other facilities for angioplasty).

CBS Chicago reports that Physician Faculty Scholar Ruchi S. Gupta, MD, MPH, has been working to get a stock of EpiPens at Chicago Public Schools. Illinois passed a law last summer making it legal for schools to stock them, but many schools still don’t have them, the story reports.

Young people with diabetes are more likely to drop out of high school and earn less over a lifetime than their peers without diabetes, according to a study led by Health & Society Scholar Jason Fletcher, PhD. NPR’s Shots blog, the Los Angeles Times Booster Shots blog, and CNN’s Chart blog are among the outlets to cover the findings.

David Haggstrom, MD, MAS, a Physician Faculty Scholar, is lead author of a study that examined the user experience for the Department of Veterans Affairs’ My HealtheVet, the most widely disseminated personal health record system in the United States. Health Canal reports on the findings.

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