This Month at LDI

News and Announcements
In Memoriam. We mourn the loss of LDI Senior Fellow Bernie Bloom, who died February 5, 2006. For three decades at Penn, Bernie's research and teaching focused on the evaluation of clinical, economic, and quality-of-life outcomes, as well as on national and international health policy issues. We will miss his wit, warmth, and style!

Upcoming Seminars
Health Policy (2005-2006 Theme - Health in Context): We are delighted to welcome Jane Golden, Director of the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, on Friday, February 24, 2006 at 12:00 pm. Ms. Golden will discuss the impact of murals on community health, in a talk cosponsored by PennDesign's Department of City and Regional Planning and by Penn's Institute for Urban Research.
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Research: Please join us as Tanya M. Luhrmann, PhD, Max Palevsky Professor, University of Chicago, discusses her ethnographic research on "social defeat" as one factor in the social causation of psychiatric illness. She will present on Friday, March 17, 2006 at 12:00 pm.
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Issue Brief
Antibiotics, Acne, and Upper Respiratory Tract Infections
by David J. Margolis, MD, PhD

Government Relations Update
News about recent federal and state developments, from the University of Pennsylvania Health System's Office of Government Relations
February 14 edition

Recent Seminars
Health Policy: On February 10, Derek Yach, MBChB, MPH, Director of the Program on Global Health at the Rockefeller Foundation, presented a talk on defining priorities in global health. Slides from February 10 talk

Research: On February 3, Lisa Cooper, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology, and Health Policy & Management at Johns Hopkins, discussed her work on patient-physician communication issues that contribute to racial disparities in health care. Paper from February 3 talk

Recent Awards and Honors

David Casarett Wins National Award. We are delighted to announce that LDI Senior Fellow David Casarett, MD, is the inaugural recipient of the William A. Nelson Award for Excellence in Health Care Ethics. This award, given by the Undersecretary for Health of the Department of Veterans Affairs, recognizes David's contributions to improving palliative care within the VA.

Nursing Building to be Renamed in Honor of Claire Fagin. A recent gift to Penn's Nursing School from the Annenberg Foundation will be used to renovate the Nursing Education Building, which will be renamed after LDI Senior Fellow and Nursing School Dean Emerita Claire M. Fagin, PhD

Executive Education
J & J Nurse Fellows Chosen. LDI congratulates forty chief nursing officers who were recently accepted to the 2006 Johnson & Johnson - Wharton Fellows Program in Management for Nurse Executives. These applicants have been selected to join an exceptionally qualified group of nursing executives from around the world, including North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. These participants will join a network of more than 880 alumni who share the challenge of keeping the clinical nursing voice at the executive management table. The program will run June 11-30, 2006 at Penn.

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