Feb 28 2013
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Human Capital News Roundup: ‘Dynamic environments’ for older adults, specialty nurses, racial diversity on campuses, 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:

Susan B. Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, RWJF senior adviser for nursing, spoke this month at the Oregon Center for Nursing conference on the future of nursing leadership, according to The Lund Report. “We need to be keeping more data, recording our expertise and speaking up for ourselves so when people say quality of care, they will also say, quality of nursing,” she said.

Alicia I. Arbaje, MD, MPH, an alumna of the RWJF Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program and the RWJF Clinical Scholars program, was a guest on NBC Nightly News discussing the need for older adults to live in “dynamic environments” like college towns, where they can stay physically active and socially engaged. See the clips here and here.

A white paper co-authored by RWJF Investigator Award in Health Policy Research recipient Kathleen Sutcliffe, PhD, “breaks down the behaviors of managers who are the best at anticipating, containing, and repairing catastrophes,” Business Insider reports. Among those behaviors: they overcome cognitive biases and update their beliefs, and they don't ignore small problems until they snowball into larger ones.

Science Magazine reports on research by RWJF Scholars in Health Policy Research alumnus Rashawn Ray, PhD, that finds women of color often encounter an unwelcoming environment in graduate school, and have a particularly hard time finding primary mentors who share their experiences and can provide guidance.

A study by Investigator Award recipient Aaron S. Kesselheim, MD, JD, MPH, finds that more than half of medical students have received gifts from pharmaceutical representatives by the end of their fourth year, Popular Science reports. Though the majority of students said the pharmaceutical industry gave them “valuable education,” students also said it had opened them up to bias and they would support more restrictions on how often industry members spoke with students. Read a post Kesselheim wrote on the topic for the RWJF Human Capital Blog.

Rosalie Mainous, PhD, APRN, NNP-BC, an RWJF Executive Nurse Fellow and dean of the School of Nursing at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, spoke to the Springfield News-Sun about the growing need for specialty nurses in health care, and especially those who specialize in end-of-life or palliative care.

Greater racial diversity on a college campus is related to higher earnings for that school’s graduates, because students at more racially diverse schools may be more successful in the global marketplace, according to a study co-authored by RWJF Health & Society Scholars alumnus Jason Fletcher, PhD. The Daily Californian, the student newspaper at the University of California, Berkeley, reports on the findings.

In light of new data that finds Black men are severely underrepresented in the nation’s medical schools, an article in American Medical News cites the RWJF Summer Medical and Dental Education Program as a way to help prepare low-income and minority students for medical and dental school. The free six-week summer academic enrichment program offers intensive and personalized preparation for freshman and sophomore college students.

Joel Cantor, ScD, director of the Center for State Health Policy at Rutgers University and a grantee of the RWJF Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative, spoke to NJBiz.com about New Jersey’s health care exchange, specifically the role of “navigators”—groups charged with building awareness of the exchange among the uninsured. Cantor predicted that these navigators will face some difficulty in reaching their target audience, as more than half of New Jersey's 1.3 million uninsured have been without health insurance for more than a year.

Nurse.com reports that RWJF Health Policy Fellows alumna Janice Phillips, RN, PhD, FAAN, was an official volunteer “wayfinder” for President Obama’s inauguration. She was one of about 3,000 volunteers who paid their own expenses to help the 2013 presidential inauguration run smoothly. “My role was to study the map, know the layout of the land, where the medical services were stationed, the policies and procedures for the event, the schedule of inaugural activities, location of the Metro stops, etc.," Phillips said.

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