Oct 26 2012

Human Capital News Roundup: Cost-efficient care, income stagnation, nurses’ workloads, 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:

Following the announcement of the 2012 RWJF Community Health Leaders, many media outlets have covered the awardees. Among them: Kay Branch, MA, in the Anchorage Daily News, Ifeanyi Anne Nwabukwu, RN, BSN, in the Washington Informer, and Fred Brason in the Winston-Salem Journal.

A 2004 Community Health Leader also was in the news: Rabbi Elimelech Goldberg was named one of People Magazine’s “Heroes Among Us” for his work with Kids Kicking Cancer, a nonprofit that uses martial arts therapy to empower young cancer patients and help them manage pain.

RWJF Physician Faculty Scholar Deverick J. Anderson, MD, MPH, and colleagues conducted a single-center pilot study that finds ultraviolet light kills more than 90 percent of pathogens, when hospital rooms are flooded with the light from a robotic device. "We are now performing a study to determine if use of the device can actually prevent patients from acquiring these infections in the hospital," Anderson told MedPage Today. The findings were presented at the IDWeek 2012 conference.

Ruchi S. Gupta, MD, MPH, also a Physician Faculty Scholar, did a Q&A with the Chicago Tribune offering guidance for parents of children with food allergies, especially on Halloween. Read a post Gupta wrote for the RWJF Human Capital Blog about her professional—and personal—experience with child food allergies.

The Chicago Tribune also spoke to RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows alumna Cynthia Barginere, MSN, RN, CHE, chief nursing officer and vice president of clinical nursing at Rush University Medical Center, about a $12.9 million, four-year grant the institution received to boost training opportunities for advanced practice registered nurses.

A study led by RWJF New Connections grantee Margo Brooks Carthon, PhD, finds older Black patients cared for by nurses with higher workloads are three times more likely than older White patients to suffer poor outcomes after surgery, including death, Nurse.com reports. Read more about Carthon and her work to improve nursing school “pipeline” programs.

Nurse.com spoke to Executive Nurse Fellow Sheila Davis, RN, DNP, ANP, FAAN, director of global nursing at Partners in Health, about a collaborative effort “to educate Rwandan physicians and nurses about cancer screening, prevention and treatment, and ultimately to establish cancer centers throughout the country.”

Frank Levy, PhD, recipient of an RWJF Investigator Award in Health Policy Research, gave comments to the New York Times about income stagnation and upward mobility in the United States.

Matthew O’Brien, MD, an alumnus of the RWJF Clinical Scholars program, contributed a post to Philly.com’s The Public’s Health blog about how community health workers can help revolutionize the country’s health care system.

Patients treated in hospitals with magnet status had 14 percent lower odds of death after surgery than those treated in non-magnet hospitals, according to a study led by RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholar Matthew McHugh, PhD, RN, JD, MPH, CRNP, FAAN. Science Daily, Medical XPress and MediLexicon are among the outlets to report on the findings.

“A four-month scientific investigation shows there is no cancer cluster in a northwest Miami neighborhood,” NBC Miami reports. Lillian Rivera, PhD, MSN, RN, administrator of the Miami-Dade County Health Department and an alumna of the Executive Nurse Fellows program, spoke to the media about the investigation this week.

Fierce Healthcare reports on an article co-authored by David Asch, MD, MBA, an alumnus and now program site director of the RWJF Health & Society Scholars program, on the health care industry’s struggle to deliver cost-efficient health care.

Tags: Clinical Scholars, Community Health Leaders, Executive Nurse Fellows, Health & Health Care Policy, Health & Society Scholars, Health Care Costs, Human Capital News, Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research, Media Coverage, Nurse Faculty Scholars, Physician Faculty Scholars, Research & Analysis