Mar 29 2012

Human Capital News Roundup: Food deserts, physician misconduct online, health benefits of strong social ties, and more.

Around the country, the news media is covering the groundbreaking work of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation scholars, fellows and grantees. Here are some examples. and Becker’s Hospital Review report on the launch of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)-supported Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN) initiative. The $4.3 million, Phase 1 two year-initiative will provide funding to nine state Action Coalitions as they work to advance state and regional strategies to create a more highly educated nursing workforce. Learn more about APIN.

A New York Times letter to the editor about the Independent Payment Advisory Board, written by RWJF Scholars in Health Policy Research program director Alan B. Cohen, ScD, was chosen as the paper’s “Sunday Dialogue,” in which readers’ responses to the letter—and Cohen’s rejoinder—were published.

RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholar Shannon Zenk, PhD, MPH, RN, spoke to NPR’s Salt blog about a study that finds improving cost and proximity to fresh produce is not the only incentive needed to convince people to buy fresh fruits and vegetables; consumers also care about selection and quality. Zenk says other factors, such as a lack of safety or cleanliness, and poor customer service, also can deter people from shopping for healthy food.

“New Jersey is making strides in meeting the challenges of a looming nursing shortage by providing incentives that are persuading some in the profession to turn to teaching the next generation of nurses,” NJ Spotlight writes of the New Jersey Nursing Initiative, a program of RWJF and the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

RWJF Clinical Scholars alumnus Ryan Greysen, MD, MA, continues to earn media coverage about his study examining the pervasiveness of physician misconduct online and its repercussions. Becker’s Hospital Review, MD News and Modern Medicine are among the outlets to report on the findings.

Molly Martin,PhD, MS, an alumna of the RWJF Health & Society Scholars program, also continues to generate coverage of her research. The Philadelphia Inquirer and Statesman Journal report on a study she co-authored that finds low-income mothers struggling to feed their children may skip meals and eat cheaper, but less nutritious, food, thereby putting themselves at risk for obesity.

Physician’s Weekly interviewed RWJF Physician Faculty Scholar Renee Y. Hsia, MD, MSc, about a study she led that examines ways to decrease the number of patients who leave emergency departments without being seen by physicians. Read a Human Capital Blog post by Hsia about ambulance diversion and emergency department crowding.

Eric Klinenberg, PhD, recipient of an RWJF Investigator Award in Health Policy Research, was a guest on PBS NewsHour to discuss his book “Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone.” Read a Human Capital blog Q&A with Klinenberg about the book.

Barbara Resnick, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, a grantee of the RWJF Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative (INQRI) and president of the American Geriatrics Society, commented to USA Today about a study that finds older people are at greater risk of accelerated cognitive decline after a hospital stay. “Are we surprised at these findings? No,” she says. “You see this a lot. The focus of acute care is taking care of the medical problem and not the care of the elderly down the road. Cognitive function is the last thing to be considered.”

Joel Cantor, ScD, also an INQRI grantee, continues to give interviews to the media as New Jersey weighs its health insurance exchange. Cantor is director of the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy, which is helping to design the state’s exchange. He spoke recently to the Star-Ledger and Kaiser Health News.

RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows program alumna Bonnie Brueshoff, MSN, BA, RN, spoke to the Pioneer Press about budget cuts to Minnesota’s State Health Improvement Program, a “statewide program for healthy eating and living.” Brueshoff is the Dakota County, Minn. public health director.

Kane County (Illinois) Health Department Executive Director Paul Kuehnert, MS, RN, CPNP, an alumnus of the Executive Nurse Fellows program, took part in a press conference to protest cuts to a home-visit program for young parents and pregnant women. The Courier-News reports that Kuehnert and justice system officials praised the program and argued that “cutting their budgets would end up costing taxpayers more than it saves.” The Daily Herald also covered the press conference.

The New York Times Well blog cites a study led by Health & Society Scholars program site director Lisa Berkman, PhD, that found people without strong social ties were three times more likely to die over the course of nine years than were those who had strong social connections in their lives.

The Stamford Advocate reports that Clinical Scholar Heather Smith, MD, testified before Connecticut’s Judiciary Committee earlier this month about proposed changes to the state’s medical malpractice law.

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