Nov 29 2012
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Human Capital News Roundup: Aging in place, unemployment’s link to heart attacks, AIDS support groups, 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 New York Times spoke with several RWJF scholars for a story about how hospitals are taking steps to avoid financial penalties from Medicare for having too many patients readmitted soon after discharge. “Just blaming the patients or saying ‘it’s destiny’ or ‘we can’t do any better’ is a premature conclusion and is likely to be wrong… I’ve got to believe we can do much, much better,” RWJF Clinical Scholars Yale site director Harlan Krumholz, MD, said. Clinical Scholars alumnus Eric Coleman, MD, MPH, and RWJF Physician Faculty Scholars alumnus Ashish Jha, MD, MPH, were also interviewed for the story.

Two other Clinical Scholars were featured in the New York Times. Alumna Leora Horwitz, MD, MHS, wrote an op-ed about the risks and benefits of electronic medical records, and RWJF/U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Clinical Scholar Jason Lott, MD, MSHP, published a letter to the editor about the cost of robotic surgery and single-incision operations.

A program headed by RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholar Sarah L. Szanton, PhD, CRNP, is helping elderly Baltimore residents improve the safety and living standards of their homes so they can “age in place” instead of having to move to nursing homes, the Baltimore Sun reports. In addition to handyman services like installing ramps and handrails, participants are paired with occupational therapists and nurses who teach them medication management and other skills.

The New Jersey Nursing Initiative (NJNI) is making headway in recruiting, educating, and retaining nurse faculty in the state, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Leaders in health, business and academics testified at a state Senate committee hearing last week about NJNI’s progress in addressing the nurse faculty shortage. Read more about the hearing.

RWJF Health & Society Scholars alumna Sarah Burgard, PhD, MS, MA, gave comments to the Associated Press about a study that finds unemployment may increase the risk of a heart attack among older workers. Burgard, who was not involved in the study, has conducted research into the link between job loss and health. Read a Q&A with Burgard about her findings.

Martha Carter, MBA, RN, CNM, an alumna of the RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows program, gave comments to the Charleston Gazette about the cost of school-based health centers.

Boston Magazine cites research by Aaron Kesselheim, MD, JD, MPH, the recipient of an RWJF Investigator Award in Health Policy Research, that found “drug-company sponsorship made physicians half as likely to prescribe a drug—no matter how rigorous and well designed the study.” Read more about Kesselheim’s research on drug company practices.

RWJF Community Health Leader Judi Hilman was quoted in a KCPW-FM story about Utah’s federal health insurance exchange. Hilman is the executive director of the Utah Health Policy Project.

Executive Nurse Fellow Sheila Davis, DNP, ANP-BC, FAAN, director of Global Nursing at Partners In Health, wrote a piece for the Huffington Post about nursing communities. “We gain strength in our connections to others and feel an immediate bond because of identification with a particular group,” she writes. “It has been my experience that nurses, more than other groups, seek each other out.”

Investigator Award recipient Celeste Watkins-Hayes, PhD, in a piece for PBS, writes:  “In my own research, middle class women living with HIV/AIDS report strong reluctance to attend AIDS support groups because of the stigma and association with women who seem very different except for their shared HIV status. Collecting socioeconomic data and targeting our messages and services could open up possibilities for improved outcomes through better strategies and communication.”

The San Francisco Chronicle spoke to Health & Society Scholars site director William A. Satariano, PhD, MPH, about the importance of the built environment for seniors. Satariano recently discussed the topic at the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) annual meeting. Read more about the APHA meeting.

Tags: Aging, Clinical Scholars, Community Health Leaders, Executive Nurse Fellows, Health & Society Scholars, Human Capital, Human Capital News, Infectious diseases, Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research, Media Coverage, Medical, dental and nursing workforce, New Jersey Nursing Initiative, Nurse Faculty Scholars, Nurses, Physician Faculty Scholars, Research, Social determinants of health