This Month at LDI

News and Announcements
Two to watch in 2005. The Philadelphia Inquirer named "10 projects to watch in 2005" in health care, and two of the 10 are led by LDI Senior Fellows. The article cited Shiriki Kumanyika's work on diet and physical activity, and Risa Lavizzo-Mourey's work on improving quality of care.

Summer internship available for undergraduate minorities. For the sixth 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 the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI), the Health Care Systems Department of the Wharton School, and the VA Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP). The brief online application form must be completed by February 15, 2005. For more information contact Joanne Levy at, 215-898-1655, or click below.

Upcoming Seminars
Health Policy: We are honored to host Carolyn Clancy, MD, Director of the Agency for Health Research and Quality, who will give the annual Charles C. Leighton, MD Memorial Lecture. This lectureship honors the memory of Dr. Leighton, former Senior Vice President, Administration, Planning and Science Policy for the Merck Research Laboratories. Dr. Clancy will discuss the links between health services research, policy, and practice. Please join us on Friday, January 28, 2005 from 2:00-3:30 pm at John Morgan Building, Class of '62 Auditorium, (3620 Hamilton Walk). A reception will follow. (NOTE TIME AND LOCATION).

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Research: Dennis Scanlon, PhD, Assistant Professor of Health Policy & Administration at Penn State, will talk about plan and market characteristics associated with quality improvement in HMOs. Please join us on Friday, January 21, 2005 at 12:00-1:30 pm.
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Issue Brief
Public Spending on Elders and Children: the Gap is Growing
by Susmita Pati, MD, Ron Keren, MD, Evaline A. Alessandri, MD, and Donald F. Schwarz, MD

Government Relations Update
News about recent federal and state developments, from the University of Pennsylvania Health System's Office of Government Relations.
December 20 edition

Recent Seminars
Health Policy: On December 3, John Lavis, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McMaster University, discussed ways to enhance the uptake of research knowledge in health policy.
Slides of December 3 talk

Research: On December 10, Katherine Baicker, PhD, Assistant Professor of Economics at Dartmouth, presented her work on how states have used loopholes in the Medicaid Disproportionate Share program to increase their federal funding. Click below to find out more about "Fiscal Shenanigans, Targeted Federal Health Care Funds, and Patient Mortality."
Full Paper of December 10 talk

Executive Education
New Johnson & Johnson program launched. Executive Education will present a new program called the "Johnson & Johnson - Wharton Management Academy." This year's class will include 50 Johnson & Johnson managers from across the country who will attend two sessions at Penn over a month-long period. The program will provide them with the management skills needed to redefine their roles in a rapidly changing industry environment. The group will attend on January 18-21, and then return on February 15-18 for further training to apply these skills in their specific corporate settings. This program represents an expansion of the ongoing 20-year collaboration between LDI-Wharton Executive Education and Johnson & Johnson.

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