Nov 15 2012
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Human Capital News Roundup: Contract nurses, surviving breast cancer, navigating the health care system, 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 led by RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholar Ying Xue, DNSc, RN, finds that short-term contract nurses have similar education levels and, on average, only slightly less work experience than permanent registered nurses, suggesting they could help offset the nursing shortage. HealthLeaders Media and Healthcare Finance News report on the findings. Read more about the study.

RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows alumna Juliann Sebastian, PhD, RN, FAAN, was also in the news to discuss the nursing shortage. Nebraska’s shortfall of nurses and primary care physicians is expected to grow as more patients gain health insurance and seek preventive care services, she told the Associated Press. Sebastian is dean of the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing.

Ruchi S. Gupta, MD, MPH, an RWJF Physician Faculty Scholar, spoke to USA Today about children outgrowing food allergies. More than one-quarter of U.S. children have outgrown their allergies, but “Black children, kids with multiple allergies and those with histories of severe reactions are less likely than other kids to recover,” the story reports. Read a post Gupta wrote for the RWJF Human Capital Blog.

“It has been a major public-health undertaking to make sure the devices are available. But it's a disservice that we don't in fact know where they are,” RWJF Clinical Scholars alumna Raina Merchant, MD, MSHP, told the Wall Street Journal in discussing her MyHeartMap Challenge. Merchant and her research team used crowd-sourcing to identify and map automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in Philadelphia, creating a searchable map that emergency management personnel can use to provide locations of AEDs to callers when emergencies occur. Read a Q&A with Merchant about the project.

Linnea Windel, MSN, RN, president/CEO of the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Fox Valley in Aurora, Ill., and an alumna of the Executive Nurse Fellows program, spoke to the Courier News about the opening of the new VNA Health Care Clinic at its unveiling last week.

Higher neighborhood education is associated with better self-rated health among Asian Americans who live in Asian ethnic neighborhoods,” but not among Asian Americans living in non-Asian neighborhoods, Outcome Magazine reports in covering a study by RWJF Health & Society Scholars alumna Emily Walton, PhD.

Health Central cites a study by RWJF Scholar in Health Policy Research Rachel Kahn Best, PhD, about how single-disease interest groups have impacted priority-setting and funding for federal medical research.

The Telegraph (United Kingdom) reports on a study co-authored by Health & Society Scholars alumna Candyce Kroenke, ScD, MPH, that finds breast cancer patients with large social networks have a lower risk of mortality than those with small networks. “We also found that when family relationships were less supportive, community and religious ties were critical to survival,” Kroenke said.

A study co-authored by Health & Society Scholars alumna Rachel Kimbro, PhD, finds that children living in neighborhoods with high poverty and low levels of education are nearly 30 percent more likely to be obese, Medical XPress reports.

KPCC reports on a talk by Health & Society Scholars program National Advisory Committee Member David T. Takeuchi, PhD, at the University of Southern California Immigrant Health Initiative, where he discussed immigrant health and “super diversity.”

The Chicago Tribune interviewed Donna Thompson, MS, RN, Executive Nurse Fellows alumna and CEO of Access Community Health Network, about how women can better navigate the health care system.

Health & Society Scholars alumna Sarah Gollust, PhD, and colleagues recently wrote an essay in the New England Journal of Medicine endorsing an Institute of Medicine report that “made the case that responsibility for the health of Americans lies partly with systems like schools, workplaces, restaurants, and the media,” the Hutchinson (Minn.) Leader reports.

Tags: Clinical Scholars, Executive Nurse Fellows, Health & Society Scholars, Health Care Workforce, Human Capital News, Media Coverage, Nurse Faculty Scholars, Nurses and Nursing, Nursing, Physician Faculty Scholars, Research & Analysis, Scholars in Health Policy Research