Aug 16 2012

Human Capital News Roundup: Senior housing, trauma care nurses, conflict of interest disclosures, and more.

Around the country, print, broadcast and online media outlets are covering the groundbreaking work of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) leaders, scholars, fellows and grantees. Some recent examples:

José A. Pagán, PhD, recipient of an RWJF Investigator Award in Health Policy Research and a member of the RWJF Health & Society Scholars National Advisory Committee, spoke to Senior Housing News about funding and programs from the Affordable Care Act that will benefit the senior living industry.

The Westfield Patch reprinted an article from the New Jersey Nursing Initiative (NJNI) newsletter about how the program benefited Maria Torchia LoGrippo, MSN, RN, a member of the program’s inaugural cohort in 2009. “I was truly honored and humbled when I received the scholarship,” she says. “[G]iven this amazing opportunity from the RWJF, I will be able to achieve my goal to become a nursing professor.”

The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) School of Nursing has received a grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board that will help train more emergency and trauma care nurses, KDBC-TV reports. The Emergency and Trauma Care Education Partnership Program will train students through August 2013. RWJF Executive Nurse Fellow Elias Provencio-Vasquez, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAANP, is dean of the UTEP School of Nursing.

A project funded in part by the RWJF Clinical Scholars program at Yale University is working to create a video game “aimed at preventing the spread of HIV among minority adolescents,” the Stamford Advocate reports. Teens can create an avatar to navigate through the game’s interactive world, facing a series of challenging situations and choices.

A team of researchers led by Investigator Award in Health Policy Research recipient Aaron Kesselheim, MD, JD, MPH, finds that only one in seven physicians and scientists (15 percent) sufficiently disclose conflicts of interest with pharmaceutical companies in published studies. “We were surprised at the relatively low number of adequate disclosures,” Kesselheim told The Scientist. “We were also surprised at the variability of the disclosures, and how some journals seemed to have very clear disclosures where some did not.” MediLexicon also reports on the findings. Read a post Kesselheim wrote for the RWJF Human Capital Blog about pharmaceutical industry marketing to medical students.

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