Feb 16 2012

Human Capital News Roundup: Support for brain injury patients, school health programs, Alzheimer's treatment and more.

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

Susan B. Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, senior adviser for nursing at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and director of The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, spoke to Advance for Nurses about the Future of Nursing report’s “80 by ‘20” recommendation—a call for 80 percent of nurses to have their BSN by 2020.

Yonas E. Geda, MD, a scholar with the RWJF Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program, is the lead author of a study that finds older people whose diets are high in calories are at greater risk for mild cognitive impairment. USA Today, CNN’s The Chart blog and MedPage Today are among the outlets to report on the study.

RWJF Health & Society Scholars alumna Sarah Gollust, PhD, spoke to The Atlantic about perceptions of type 2 diabetes. The media tends to emphasize personal responsibility for the disease, she said, which can stigmatize people and erode public support for treatment. Read a post Gollust wrote for the RWJF Human Capital Blog about public opinion and the fairness of health inequalities.

Funded by a five-year, $1.2 million grant, Kynna Wright-Volel, PhD, RN, FAAN, an assistant professor, pediatric nurse practitioner and RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholar, is launching Project SHAPE LA ™ in coordination with the UCLA School of Nursing and the Los Angeles Unified School District. The coordinated school-health program is designed to increase physical activity among youth in LA County schools, UCLA Today and other outlets report.

Jason Karlawish, MD, recipient of an RWJF Investigator Award in Health Policy Research, guested on NPR’s Talk of the Nation to discuss a study that finds an FDA-approved drug for skin cancer can reduce Alzheimer’s-like symptoms in mice. Learn more about Karlawish’s research, and read a post he wrote for the RWJF Human Capital Blog.

The New York Times cited a study by RWJF Scholars in Health Policy Research alumna Martha Bailey, PhD, on patterns of family income and college completion.

The Roanoke Times writes about Brain Injury Services of Southwest Virginia, a nonprofit started by RWJF Community Health Leader Fran Rooker. The nonprofit provides resources and services, free of charge, to people who have survived brain injury, including a virtual support group called Community Living Connection (CLiC).

Community Health Leader Judi Hilman, executive director of the Utah Health Policy Project, wrote an op-ed in the Salt Lake Tribune about the “mosh pit” of health and Medicaid reform bills pending in the state legislature. “Let’s take a step back and remember our goal of coordinated, systemic, meaningful, lasting change,” she writes. “The last thing we need is a bunch of bills, effectively canceling each other out, which serve primarily to score political points at the expense of Utahns’ health care.”

A study by Canadian researchers finds that transmission of the H1N1 flu during last year’s outbreak was significantly slowed in the country by the closing of schools for summer vacation. “Indeed, the Canadian study is not the first to measure those effects,” CNN’s The Chart blog reports. “Medical historian Howard Markel found that closing schools—along with other measures, like banning public gatherings—slowed flu transmission during the deadly pandemic of 1918.” Markel, MD, PhD, FAAP, is the recipient of an Investigator Award in Health Policy Research.

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