Nov 1 2012

Human Capital News Roundup: RWJF’s 40th anniversary, graduate medical education, the New Mexico Hispanic Nurses Association, 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:

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the Foundation’s 40th anniversary celebration last week, as well as some of its most notable accomplishments during its first four decades. Learn  about the “Force Multipliers” it is saluting this year.  The Foundation also announced ten winners of its first-ever RWJF Young Leader awards last week.

RWJF Physician Faculty Scholar Ruchi Gupta, MD, MPH, gave comments to Reuters about a study that finds babies are less likely to get eczema if their mothers take probiotics during pregnancy. Gupta, who was not involved in the research, calls the findings “fascinating.” Read a post Gupta wrote for the RWJF Human Capital Blog about her professional and personal experience with children’s food allergies.

Kristy Nichols, MS, an RWJF Community Health Leader, spoke to the Associated Press about cuts to Louisiana State University’s (LSU) hospital health care system, and proposed changes to the state’s graduate medical education training program. reports on the New Jersey Nursing Initiative’s most recent graduates. Nineteen nurses from six different college and universities in New Jersey completed the program and will pursue careers as nurse faculty members.

A project to diversify New Mexico’s nursing workforce has kicked off with the re-establishment of the New Mexico Hispanic Nurses Association, the Santa Fe New Mexican reports. LisaMarie Aguilar Turk, MSN, RN, a member of the project’s advisory committee and a fellow at the RWJF Nursing and Health Policy Collaborative at the University of New Mexico, spoke to the paper about the importance of a diversified workforce and developing Hispanic nurse leaders.

The Record Journal reports on Quinnipiac University School of Nursing’s New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) scholarship recipients. “The program is designed to help alleviate the national nursing shortage, increase the diversity of nursing professionals, expand capacity in baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs, and enhance the pipeline of potential nurse faculty,” the story reports. “The five NCIN scholars will complete Quinnipiac’s accelerated nursing track in May 2013.”

The Daily Record profiles newly named Community Health Leader Amy Johnson, JD, and her work with the Arkansas Access to Justice CommissionRead more about the 2012 Community Health Leaders.

Physician Faculty Scholar Deverick J. Anderson, MD, MPH, and colleagues continue to receive media coverage for their research concluding that ultraviolet light kills more than 90 percent of pathogens, when hospital rooms are flooded with the light from a robotic device. Infection Control Today reports on the findings.

Tags: Community Health Leaders, Health Leadership, Education, and Training, Human Capital News, Media Coverage, New Careers in Nursing, New Jersey Nursing Initiative, Nursing and Health Policy Collaborative at the University of New Mexico, Physician Faculty Scholars, Research & Analysis