Jan 19 2012

Human Capital News Roundup: Nurse faculty shortage, cervical cancer among Latinas, fitness benefits for Medicare beneficiaries, and 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) Executive Nurse Fellows alumna Juliann Sebastian, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, wrote an op-ed in the Journal Star about Nebraska’s nursing shortage. “The growing shortage of nurses is not for lack of interest among students,” she writes. “We cannot accept more students, however, for two primary reasons: We lack adequate space to accommodate their instruction, and we do not have enough faculty to teach them.”

Teresa Garrett, MS, RN, also an Executive Nurse Fellows alumna, spoke to the Salt Lake Tribune about the importance of exercise in preventing colds. “We’re always telling people exercise is good for you,” she says. “It builds up your immune system, you are healthier, you drink more water, you do all the things you’re supposed to do.” Garrett is director of disease control and prevention at the Utah Department of Health.

Executive Nurse Fellows alumna Cynthia Barginere, RN, DNP(c), FACHE, vice president and chief nursing officer at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, spoke to Nurse.com and WSL-TV about the Center’s new 14-story hospital building.

Researchers at UT Medicine, the faculty medical practice of the University of Texas School of Medicine in San Antonio, are looking for healthy, ethnic minorities in South Texas to participate in a research trial on the health effects of taking baby aspirin every day, according to the Southside Reporter. RWJF Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program scholar Sara Espinoza, MD, is the lead investigator for the “Aspirin in Reducing Events in the Elderly” study.

Zane Gates, MD, an RWJF Community Health Leader, spoke to WTAJ-TV about changes to eligibility criteria for food stamps in Pennsylvania – changes driven by state and federal funding cutbacks. The new criteria will reduce the number of state residents who qualify for assistance. Gates runs a free clinic in Altoona, and many of his patients receive food stamps, the station reports.

Community Health Leader alumna Claudia Stravato wrote an op-ed for the Amarillo Globe-News about reproductive rights and birth control. Stravato is the former executive director of Planned Parenthood in Amarillo and Canyon.

RWJF Health & Society Scholar Jason Fletcher, PhD, continues to receive media coverage for his study which finds young people with diabetes are more likely to drop out of high school and earn less over a lifetime than their peers without diabetes. Health Day reported on the findings. The Huffington Post also cited a 2009 study by Fletcher on the impact of soda sales and excise taxes on obesity.

Rebekah Gee, MD, MPH, an alumna of the RWJF Clinical Scholars program, spoke to the News Star about the high rate of pre-term births and infant mortality in Louisiana’s Ouachita Parish.

Clinical Scholar Alejandra Casillas, MD, MPH, was interviewed by New America Media about why cervical cancer disproportionately affects Latinas in California. Latinas are diagnosed with this disease twice as often as Caucasians, Casillas said, and they also have the highest mortality rate in the state.

A new RWJF Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative (INQRI)-funded study identifies ten clinical reasoning practices and processes used by nurses that best identify and avoid medication errors. Health Care Finance News, NurseZone.com and Health Leaders Media report on the findings. The study was conducted by Geri Dickson, PhD, RN, and Linda Flynn, PhD, RN, FAAN.

RWJF Physician Faculty Scholar Amal Trivedi, MD, MPH, is the coauthor of a study that finds “Medicare Advantage plans that include fitness benefits such as gym memberships attract significantly healthier enrollees who are also less expensive to cover,” Health Leaders Media reports.

Gary A. Taubes, MSE, MS, was a guest on KPCC Radio to discuss his book, “Why We Get Fat.” Taubes is the recipient of an RWJF Investigator Award in Health Policy Research. Read more about Taubes’ research.

Greg Duncan, PhD, also the recipient of an Investigator Award, gave comments to the New York Times on a Pew Research Center survey that finds “conflict between rich and poor now eclipses racial strain and friction between immigrants and the native-born as the greatest source of tension in U.S. society.” The story was reprinted in the Charlotte Observer, among other outlets. Read a blog post by Duncan and Jens Ludwig, PhD, on how neighborhood environments affect health.

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