Nov 8 2012

Human Capital News Roundup: Built environments, the evolution of nursing, sugary drinks, 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:

A study by Deidra Crews, MD, ScM, FASN, an alumna of the RWJF Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program, finds that poor nutrition is strongly associated with kidney disease in low-income individuals. Health Day, Science Daily and Medical XPress are among the outlets to report on the findings.

WHYY interviewed RWJF Health & Society Scholars alumna Carolyn Cannuscio, ScD, ScM, about the “built environment” and its impact on health, as well as her personal connection to the field.

The Afro-American Newspapers wrote about the Tour for Diversity in Medicine, run in part by RWJF Summer Medical and Dental Education Program alumnus Alden Landry, MD, MPH. The Tour travels with mentors to college campuses around the country to promote health professions to underrepresented students. Read more about the Tour for Diversity here and here.

Julie Fairman, PhD, FAAN, RN, gave comments to for an article on the history of the nursing profession. Fairman says that nursing education evolved “very haphazardly.” She is the recipient of an RWJF Investigator Award in Health Policy Research. also spoke with RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows alumnae Jane Kirschling, DNS, RN, FAAN, and Susan Bakewell-Sachs, RN, PhD, PNP-BC, about initiatives across the country to recruit and retain nurse faculty. Bakewell-Sachs is also program director of the New Jersey Nursing Initiative, a program of RWJF and the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

Wired reports on the work of Health & Society Scholars alumnus David Van Sickle, PhD, MA, who has developed an asthma inhaler with on-board Global-Positioning Systems (GPS) technology to track when and where asthma attacks occur. The data is sent to the patient and his or her physician, and also provides valuable epidemiological data that can help improve asthma control. Learn more about Van Sickle’s work here and here.

Executive Nurse Fellows alumna Susan Birch, MBA, RN, executive director of the Colorado Department of Health Care & Financing, spoke to Coloradans about how health reform would impact them, the Craig Daily Press reports.

“Having an older sibling who is overweight or obese is a strong predictor of childhood obesity, particularly if the sibling is of the same sex,” Medscape Today [subscription only] reports in an article on a study led by Health & Society Scholar Mark C. Pachucki, PhD.

Children’s Mercy in Kansas City is eliminating all sugary drinks in the hospital, the Kansas City Star reports. “That doesn’t mean hospital employees or patients’ visitors can’t bring their own sugary drink in, but they won’t be sold anywhere in our hospital,” Karen Cox, PhD, RN, FAAN, the hospital’s executive vice president and co-chief operating officer, told the paper. Cox is an alumna of the Executive Nurse Fellows program.

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