This Month at LDI

News and Announcements
Penn awarded $8.4 million in collaborative research grants from the state. The University of Pennsylvania will receive two of six health-related research grants awarded from Pennsylvania's share of the national tobacco settlement. Penn and its community partners will receive $4.8 million to develop and test innovative, sustainable and cost-effective strategies to reduce hypertension in African Americans. Penn and other partners will also receive $3.6 million to use state-of-the-art technology to record medication practices and implement evidence-based medication treatment guidelines for patients with severe mental illness in community clinics. Congratulations to Stephen Kimmel, MD, MSCE, and LDI Senior Fellows Trevor Hadley, PhD and Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD, who led these efforts.

Pauly named to AHRQ Advisory Council. DHHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson recently named LDI Senior Fellow Mark V. Pauly, PhD as one of 12 new members to the National Advisory Council for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The council provides advice to the Secretary and to the Director of the Agency. The council comprises of 19 members from the private-sector and eight ex officio members from other federal health agencies.

Summer internship available for minority undergraduates. For the fourth consecutive year, LDI is running a paid internship program for undergraduates (rising juniors and seniors) from underrepresented minority groups. The Summer Undergraduate Minority Research (SUMR) program provides students with an opportunity to conduct health services research under the guidance of an LDI Senior Fellow; attend national conferences and network with researchers; and gain practical advice about graduate school opportunities. The SUMR program is funded in part by a grant from AHRQ and the VA Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP). The brief online application form must be completed by February 15, 2003. Please pass this information on to minority students who may be interested in summer employment in health services research. For more information contact Joanne Levy at, 898-1655, or click below.

Upcoming Seminars and Workshops
Health Policy: (This semester's theme: "How Can We Afford Prescription Drugs in America? Cost, Quality, and Access")
Our series continues with Alan F. Holmer, president of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA). Please join us on Friday, January 24, 2003 at 12:00 pm for Mr. Holmer's talk entitled, "How Can We Not Afford Prescription Drugs? -- The Value of New Medicines."
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Research: We welcome back Wharton alumnus, David Bishai, MD, MPH, PhD, assistant professor at Johns Hopkins. He will present recent research on the willingness of parents in France and Germany to pay for a meningococcal vaccine for their teenage children. Please join us on February 7, 2003, at 12:00 pm.
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Government Relations Update:
News about recent federal and state developments, from the University of Pennsylvania Health System's Office of Government Relations
January 3 edition

Issue Briefs
Adherence to HIV Drug Therapy
by Robert Gross, MD, MSCE

Firearm Violence in America
by C. William Schwab MD, Therese Richmond, PhD, CRNP, and Maura Dunfey

Recent Seminars
Health Policy: On December 2, we were pleased to host Thomas A. Scully, JD, Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services at DHHS. Mr. Scully provided a fast-moving and fact-filled presentation on the current challenges in health policy, including expanding coverage for the uninsured, and creating an affordable prescription drug plan within Medicare.

Research: Frank R. Lichtenberg, PhD, Professor of Business at Columbia University, presented findings from his analysis of the effect of new drugs on longevity.
Paper from November 15 presentation

Executive Education
UnitedHealthCare execs arrive for leadership development. UnitedHealthcare returns to LDI for an Executive Education program on January 13-17, 2003. The week at Wharton is one element of a larger two-year leadership development initiative for key high-potential UHC managers called the President's Leadership Development Program. The LDI program is designed to refine the participants' leadership and development skills, as well as provide an opportunity for UHC executives from across the country to meet and share ideas and experiences.

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