Sep 13 2012

Human Capital News Roundup: September 11th, Medicaid, an Egyptian boy king, 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:

RWJF/ U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Clinical Scholar Charles D. Scales, Jr., MD, spoke to NPR about a kidney stone “epidemic.” Scales led a study that finds the prevalence of kidney stones has nearly doubled since the mid-1990s, likely due to dietary and lifestyle changes that have led to increasing rates of obesity, diabetes, and gout. Read more about his research.

RWJF Investigator Award in Health Policy Research recipient Matthew C. Nisbet, PhD, MS, also spoke to NPR about his research on how to frame the climate change debate to best persuade and move people to action. Nisbet conducted the research with fellow Investigator Edward W. Maibach, PhD, MPH. Read more about their research, and read a Q&A with Nisbet about framing public health issues.

Separately, the Christian Science Monitor spoke to Maibach, director of the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University, about a poll the Center conducted last spring on global warming and how much of a priority the issue should be for the President and Congress.

 “After 9/11, America’s about 10 million Arab and Muslim Americans, who were too often the victims of association with the perpetrators of the attacks, were—and continue to be—subjects of suspicion, discrimination, and abuse,” Clinical Scholars alumnus Aasim Padela, MD, MSc, writes on CNN’s Global Public Square blog. “As researchers who study the health of Arab and Muslim Americans, we regularly see the toll this climate of discrimination takes upon these communities… Healing our country after 9/11 must mean healing all Americans affected by that day, and the memory of 9/11 should not be used to discriminate against or marginalize any American. Ensuring that this is the case is the only way this country can continue to work to heal the gaping wound those attacks left on the social fabric of our entire country.” Read a post Padela wrote for the RWJF Human Capital Blog.

RWJF Health & Society Scholars alumna Kathleen Ziol-Guest, PhD, is the lead author of a study that finds low-income children of immigrants are in significantly poorer health and are less likely to visit a doctor or dentist than native-born children. R&D Magazine and Science Daily report on the findings.

Working Nurse profiled RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholars alumna Kynna Wright-Volel, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, and her work with the Los Angeles Unified School District to launch Project SHAPE LA™, a coordinated school-health program designed to increase physical activity among youth in Los Angeles County schools. Read more about Project SHAPE LA.

Two RWJF Community Health Leaders were in the news recently: Judi Hilman, MA, spoke to the Salt Lake Tribune about Utah’s managed care plan and accountable care organizations; and Anne Rolfes spoke to the Times-Picayune about the precautions oil and gas, chemical and coal-handling facilities could have taken before Hurricane Isaac.

Cassandra Okechukwu, ScD, an alumna of the Health & Society Scholars program, co-authored a piece on the Huffington Post titled “Sleep Problems and Poverty: How Socioeconomics Impact Our Sleep and Health.”

RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows alumna Jeanette Ives Erickson, MSN, RN, FAAN, senior vice president for patient care services and chief nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital, spoke to about the hospital earning the top spot on U.S. News and World Report’s 2012-13 America’s Best Hospitals ranking’s Honor Roll.

The Washington Post Wonkblog reports on a blog post by Investigator Award recipient Eric M. Patashnik, PhD, MPP, about the way former President Bill Clinton talked about Medicaid in his speech at the Democratic National Convention.

MediLexicon reports on a consensus document, co-authored by Investigator Award recipient Jason Karlawish, MD, on how the nation can cope with the “impending public health crisis” caused by  Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. The document resulted from a June meeting of researchers, advocates and clinicians at the University of Pennsylvania. Read a post Karlawish wrote for the RWJF Human Capital Blog.

Howard Markel, MD, PhD, FAAP, a medical historian at the University of Michigan and recipient of an Investigator Award, gave comments to the Washington Post about a new theory that suggests Tutankhamen, an Egyptian ruler who mysteriously died as a teenager, may have had a heritable form of temporal lobe epilepsy. “It’s a fascinating and plausible explanation,” Markel said.

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