Dec 13 2012

Human Capital News Roundup: 'Citizen science,' compensation for medical errors, gunshot wounds, 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 Well blog reports on a study by RWJF Health & Society Scholar Jason Fletcher, PhD, MS, that finds that about half of smokers carry a specific genetic characteristic associated with susceptibility to tobacco taxes and other health policy approaches intended to deter smoking. The other half have a different genetic mix and are largely unaffected by such measures. Medical XPress also reported on the findings. Read more about the study.

A study led by RWJF Investigator Award in Health Policy Research recipient Michelle Mello, JD, PhD, MPhil, finds that “patients who are offered disclosure, explanations, apologies and monetary compensation for medical errors may be more likely to accept lower rather than maximum compensation, apparently due to distrust of the motives behind a full compensation offer,” Cardiovascular Business reports.

People who frequently use the Internet to get health or medical information are more likely to have a positive outlook on cancer prevention and diagnosis, a study co-authored by Health & Society Scholars alumnus Jeff Niederdeppe, PhD, MA, finds. United Press International reports on the findings.

Investigator Award recipient Mark A. Hall, JD, was quoted in a story about how much money consumers saved in 2011 due to the health reform law. The piece appeared in the Baltimore Sun, Chicago Tribune, and Los Angeles Times, among other outlets.

A piece in the Chicago Reader cites a study by Health & Society Scholars alumnus Jooyoung Lee, PhD, about the lingering effects of gunshot victims’ injuries. Read more about his research, and a post Lee wrote about the importance of home mental health care for these victims.

In a piece on Huffington Post, RWJF Community Health Leader Joanne Goldblum cites research by Health & Society Scholars alumna Kathleen Ziol-Guest, PhD, that finds that adults were twice as likely to suffer from high blood pressure and arthritis if their families lived in poverty for a three-year period starting the year before they were born.

Occupational Health & Safety writes about a report released by the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, founded and directed by Community Health Leader Anne Rolfes, that finds Louisiana’s 17 refineries reported 301 accidents to the state during 2011. “Every year, we repeat our call to refinery management to sit down with us and with the workers to get to the bottom of the industry's accident problem," Rolfes told the magazine. "Refinery managers continue to act as if they don't have an accident problem. Until they face the facts, the oil industry, our economy, our environment, and our health will suffer."

Health & Society Scholars alumna Sabrina McCormick, PhD, MA, spoke with Science Codex about “citizen science”—ordinary people going online to report observations about public health problems and disasters in real time. A study McCormick led finds that citizen science helped officials assess health and environmental threats during the 2010 Gulf oil spill.

Elisabeth Arenales, JD, a Community Health Leader and director of the Health Care Program at the Colorado Center on Law and Policy, gave comments to the Colorado Springs Business Journal about new regulations about state Medicaid expansion that will extend services to low-income residents in the state.

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