Mar 15 2012
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Human Capital News Roundup

Around the country, the news media is covering the groundbreaking work of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation scholars, fellows and grantees. Here are some examples.

The New York Times profiled Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Community Health Leader Im Ja Choi, who founded Penn Asian Senior Services (PASSi) to train Asian-speaking home health aides to help Asian American seniors in Pennsylvania stay in their homes rather than moving into nursing homes. Today PASSi trains and provides aides who speak eight languages.

RWJF Scholar in Health Policy Research Rashawn Ray, PhD, penned an op-ed in the New York Times. In “Black Man Vs. Criminal,” he writes: “Most black men are not criminals or untrustworthy; they are law-abiding citizens. People need to start recognizing social class cues that signal professionalism and decency instead of ubiquitously categorizing black men as dangerous. It is high time that individuals see not just a black man, but a man who could be a doctor, lawyer, neighbor or even the President. These changes in individuals’ perceptions will go a long way to solve the criminalization of nonwhite bodies.”

North Carolina Health News writes about the Motivating Adolescents with Technology to Choose Health (MATCH) program, which is led in part by RWJF Physician Faculty Scholar Suzanne Lazorick, MD. MATCH incorporates health lessons into school curricula to motivate students to make healthy lifestyle decisions. The program has proved successful, with more than half of participating students weighing less at the end of the program than when they started. Learn more about the MATCH program.

A new study from the RWJF-supported RN Work Project finds nurses were more committed to their employers during the recession, but also perceived fewer job opportunities. However, project co-director Christine Kovner, RN, PhD, cautions, “As the recession eases and the job market opens up again, it's likely that nurses who have been delaying changing jobs will begin looking for new positions, which could dramatically increase staff turnover." McKnight’s Long Term Care News and NurseZone.com report on the findings.

Research by RWJF Health & Society Scholars program National Advisory Committee member Sara McLanahan, PhD, was cited in a New York Daily News op-ed on poverty rates and educational achievement.

The Charleston Regional Business Journal reports that Charleston Southern University will triple its nursing school enrollment, to 120 students, by 2014. RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows alumna Tara Hulsey, PhD, MSN, BSN, is dean of the University’s Derry Patterson Wingo School of Nursing.

Howard Markel, MD, PhD, FAAP, a medical historian at the University of Michigan and recipient of an RWJF Investigator Award in Health Policy Research, spoke to the Philadelphia Inquirer about why the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is impeding medical research. HIPAA prevents the release of medical records no matter how old they are, even dating back to the 18th century. “This is a huge issue,” Markel said. “It’s closing off some of the most intriguing avenues in the history of medicine research… Looking at some of these charts not only allows you to re-create how patients were treated in a particular era, but the data therein might answer questions for today’s patients.”

Birthing centers with hotel-like accommodations are on the rise in hospitals, Health Leaders Media reports. Executive Nurse Fellows alumna Ann Hendrich, RN, PhD, FAAN, vice president of clinical excellence operations and executive director of the patient safety organization for St. Louis-based Ascension Health, discusses the trend.

RWJF Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative (INQRI) grantee Joel Cantor, ScD, wrote an op-ed for NJ Spotlight about New Jersey’s health insurance exchange. Cantor is director of the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy, which is helping to design the state’s insurance exchange.

R. Adams Dudley, MD, MBA, also an INQRI grantee, spoke to the Sacramento Bee about the million-dollar hospital bills in Northern California. Data from the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development finds that the number of Northern California hospital stays resulting in charges of $1 million or more rose sevenfold in the past decade, the story reports.

Technically Philly held a Q&A with INQRI grantee and University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing professor Nancy Hanrahan, PhD, RN, CS, FAAN, about the school’s “Game Solutions for Healthcare" initiative. The school-wide contest will help create games that will improve health care and, specifically, the nurse-patient relationship.

James Burke, MD, an RWJF Clinical Scholar, was interviewed by WLBY-AM in Ann Arbor, Mich., about a study he led on brain scans for stroke patients. The study finds that patients often get both CT and MRI scans when only one is necessary, making inpatient stroke care redundant and costly. MD News and HCP Live also report on the study’s findings.

C-Ville reports on the 2012 Nursing Network on Violence Against Women International’s research conference, which was organized in part by RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholars program alumna Kathryn Laughon, PhD, RN, FAAN. Laughon is a forensic nurse examiner whose research focuses on intimate partner violence and its impact on women and children.

Nurse Faculty Scholar Matthew McHugh, PhD, JD, MPH, RN, CRNP, commented to media about the changing role of nurses; he spoke to WHYY News in Philadelphia. “Since Florence Nightingale, nurses have taken their work seriously, taken a scholarly approach to our professional practice,” he said. “We try to think about our work as evidence-based; it may be that now, everyone else is [realizing that].”

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